On Sunday, May 5, Jose Solano and the Lincoln City Cultural Center will present their second annual Cinco de Mayo Festival. As most people know, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated nationwide to honor Mexican heritage, and the contributions of the Mexican American community. Everyone joins in the celebrations because of the vibrant cultural activities, the food, music, dances, etc. that are presented. Historically it celebrates the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, in which the Mexicans defeated a much larger French army in an initial battle against the invading French.
At the Portland Waterfront Park the sister cities of Portland and Guadalajara have been celebrating Cinco de Mayo for 29 years. Five years ago Spanish instructor José Solano organized the first Cinco de Mayo festival on the Oregon Coast. With the support of LCCC Executive Director Niki Price, he now brings the festival to Lincoln City for its second year. It is part of his 2013 World Music Series, sponsored by the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau, The Westover Inns, the parent company of The Pelican Shores Inn, The Looking Glass Inn, and The Shearwater Inn.
The festival features a spectacular exhibition of Charro horsemanship. These amazing Mexican cowboys ride beautiful Andalusian, Friesian, and Azteca horses that perform intricate dances and movements.
“We are very pleased to have, this year, Don Pedro Muñoz, Friesian and Andalusian horse breeder of the Tres Potrillos Ranch. He was invited to perform at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, the world's greatest horsemanship competition in which 58 nations participated,” Solano said. “Charro Miguel Santana will serve as MC for the horse exhibition providing information on the horses, riders, and their dances. The Charros are scheduled to perform at 2 pm on the grounds of the LCCC, weather permitting.”
The Charro Andalusian horsesare of the same stock as the famed Lippizzaner stallions of Vienna and all are descendents of horses from the renowned Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
At 3:30 pm, the festival features the exciting Papalotl Mexican folkloric dance company of Kenya Márquez performing on stage in colorful authentic costumes. Papalotl performs dances from many regions of Mexico including Vera Cruz, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Nayarit, and Jalisco. Kenya comes from a long line of Mexican dancers and musicians. She studied at the Instituto National de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and spent six years in France where she obtained a doctorate in child psychology and performed with the Ballet de la Maison de Mexique. She has toured widely in France, Mexico, and the United States.
At 5 pm, flamenco guitarist José Solano and friends round off the festival with a dynamic Tablao Flamenco concert of guitarists, singer, and dancers in colorful Spanish costumes.
A free piñata breaking for kids is set to begin at noon. Mexican food will be sold throughout the festival, and a no-host indoor bar (serving beer and wine) will be available after 3:30 pm.
On the same day, May 5, the Lincoln City Farmers’ Market will open its outdoor season. Their vendor booths will be open from 9 am to 3 pm on the west lawn of the cultural center.
Festival tickets are now on sale at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101. They are $10 in advance & $12 on the day-of-festival. Those ages 6-18 are $5 (in advance or day of show), and children 5 and under admitted free.
For reservations call 541-994-9994.
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