Preparations begin for Cinco de Mayo festivities

Preparations begin for Cinco de Mayo festivities

WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - A church and a local organization in Wichita Falls are getting ready to celebrate Cinco De Mayo on Saturday.

Many people confuse Cinco de Mayo with Mexico’s Independence Day. However, it’s actually a day to honor the Mexican Army’s victory over a French Force at the battle of Puebla.

"It's a celebration where our families can get together," said Alicia Duran, with Potencia Projects.

With the Hispanic community growing in the city of Wichita Falls, those with Potencia Projects and DJ Tito productions decided it was time to put together the first downtown Cinco de Mayo festival.

"We're going to have a grito contest, so everyone is encouraged to come out and just see what it's about," said Duran.

Travis street between 8th and 9th street will be blocked and filled with vendors selling authentic Mexican food.

Duran said part of the proceeds will go to the Mexican American Veteran’s Association, a nonprofit.

“Mainly they help the local veterans in our area, so all the money they get stays in our area,” said Duran.

At Our Lady of Guadalupe church, trash bins arrived and tents were being set up Friday afternoon for their annual Cinco de Mayo celebration.

“We have music and dance too and this year we are bringing a game video truck,” said Maria Kalbfliesh, a Pastor assistant at the church.

Kalbfliesh said this festival will serve as a fundraiser for the church.

“It’s very important the events we have,” said Kalbfliesh. “We wouldn’t be able to do a lot of the things, like the {recent} renovation {at the church}, and other projects that we have going on.”

The event at Our Lady of Guadalupe will kick off at noon on Saturday and will run until midnight. Admission is free.

The event in Downtown Wichita Falls, Loco for Cinco will start at 4 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. Admission is also free.

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