Everyone is welcome! Vengan todos! Lincoln High School is pleased to host a fun-filled two-festival event: “Day of the Child,” el dia le los Niños and “May Fifth,” Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 3, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. El Centro de Las Americas, Lincoln High School and Fiesta Mexicana of the Heartland ballet follklórico dance group are proud to present this joint effort in celebrating Latino heritage while reaching out to the greater community of Lincoln and Nebraska. Entrance to the festival is free.
The reason for celebrating both events is that in Mexico, “Day of the Child,” el dia de los niños, is a widely celebrated event and focuses on the importance of children and their families and occurs on April 30th. Whereas, in the United States, “May Fifth,” cinco de mayo, has become more popular and celebrates a symbolic victory over the well-equipped French in Puebla on May 5th 1862 and is only celebrated in certain regions of Mexico. As Roger Garcia, Director of el centro de las Americas explained, “It makes sense to celebrate both which is inclusive and appeals to everyone. We want everyone to feel welcome at this family-centered event.” Another aim of the celebration is to connect children and families to community resources and businesses. The one day festival will feature performances by Las Cecilias Mariachi band, folkloric dance by Kurowi, folkloric Dance by Fiesta Mexicana of the Heartland, a free dance lesson for the public by master teacher Pablo Cervantes and a “Triunfo” ceremony to recognize graduating Latino seniors with academic excellence. Adding to the festivities will be educational booths, local businesses, children’s games, bouncy houses, delicious local food for purchase and more. All proceeds from the festival will benefit the three organizations and their programming. Please contact Roger Garcia, Director, el centro de las Americas at (402) 474-3950 by phone or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.