Briefs: OA Cinco de Mayo May 01, 2009

Lisa Medina twirls the skirt of her dress as she dances with La Mexicana Ballet Folklorico at Saturday’s Cinco de Mayo festival downtown.



The annual Latin-Anglo Alliance Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is Saturday, May 2, at a new location.

The bulk of the street festival will take place between Fourth and Fifth streets on Colorado Avenue in downtown Grand Junction.

The focus of the event is to encourage alliance among cultural groups and to have a good time. All of the entertainment besides the street dance is free. Some activities have a charge or accept donations.

On the main stage is a back-to-back lineup of dance groups, hip hop, Christian, instrumental and mariachi music and special presentations from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The alliance’s scholarship presentation to area high school students is at
12:30 p.m. The popular jalapeno eating contest is back, taking place at 4:30 p.m. The Street Dance starts at 6 p.m. and features New Mexico-style musician Jerry Dean.

A complete schedule of events can be found at http://www.latinangloalliance.org.

Ongoing activities at the festival include a cake walk, pony rides, face painting and food vendors.

New this year is a photobooth (sombreros are provided) and Tia Juanita’s Tortilla Reading. For a small donation, people can roll out a tortilla, grill it and get a pretend fortune read from the markings on the tortilla. 

AmaLia, Cinco de Mayo entertainment chairwoman, said she’s never seen a tortilla-reading fortune teller anywhere else.

“We are definitely becoming the history-makers of tortilla reading,” she said.

Also at the street festival, Mesa State College students and local artists will have some of their artwork on display.

For more information on the fiesta call 424-1608 or check the Latin-Anglo Alliance Web site.


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