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OKC Cinco de Mayo 2018 moves to Wiley Post Park

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The 2018 Cinco de Mayo OKC celebration will be held on Sunday, May 6, from 1 – 10 p.m. at Wiley Park. Facebook photo

By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The 2018 Oklahoma City Cinco de Mayo celebration will be held on Sunday, May 6, from 1 – 10 p.m. Through a partnership with the City of Oklahoma City Parks Department and Sister Cities OKC, this year’s Cinco de Mayo event will be held for the first time at Wiley Post Park, 2021 S. Robinson.  Adjacent to the Oklahoma River, the park features a backdrop of the Oklahoma City downtown skyline.

This free outdoor festival is Oklahoma City’s biggest Hispanic event of the year celebrating the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, the sisterhood with Puebla, Mexico, and the unity of all of the communities in Oklahoma.

Festivities will include live music, the Parade of Horses; folkloric dancing; the Consul of Mexico, Rodolfo Quilantán; the crowning of Miss Cinco de Mayo; great food, tons of swag from sponsors and vendors; and a variety of family friendly activities.

More than 20,000 people are expected to participate in this year’s event.

The Cinco de Mayo celebration takes place each year in Mexico and around the world, to commemorate the historic Battle of Puebla that took place on May 5th1862, when the Mexican Army defeated the occupying French forces.

“We are really looking forward to coming together as a community and celebrating the rich cultural diversity that makes up Oklahoma City,” said Robert Ruiz, President Scissortail Community Development Corporation. “The level of interest in this year’s event has surpassed that of previous years, so we expect a very good turnout from families all over Oklahoma.

“This free community event would not be possible without the support of many community organizations and sponsors who understand the importance of keeping traditions and culture alive and sharing those experiences will all Oklahomans,” Ruiz said.

“Many organizations have joined to make this all day celebration of culture, history and heritage a hallmark of free community events for Oklahoma,” said Ruiz

This year’s sponsors and partners include: Scissortail Community Development Corporation,The City of Oklahoma City Parks Department, Sister Cities of OKC, Oklahoma Latino Cultural Center, Mexican Cultural and Humanities Association of Oklahoma, ChoiceMatters, ChoiceMatters for Kids, Client Management Resources (CMR), Tinker Federal Credit Union, Supermercado Morelos, Burritos Tin-Tan, Chicas Tax Service, and Alterra Home Loans.

OKC Cinco de Mayo is the perfect example of what a community can build when partners come together with common purpose and clear vision,” Ruiz added.

Proceeds from the event will go to benefit in-school and after-school cultural arts programs. For sponsorship or vendor information, call Luis Hidalgo at 405-360-1200 or email l.hidalgo@scissortailcdc.org

For more information, visit the Cinco de Mayo OKC Facebook event page.

Over 20,000 people are expected to attend the 2018 OKC Cinco de Mayo event at Wiley Post Park on May 6 to enjoy music, food, horse culture, business expo and many great activities for the kids. Facebook photo

Over 20,000 people are expected to attend the 2018 OKC Cinco de Mayo event at Wiley Post Park on May 6 to enjoy music, food, horse culture, business expo and many great activities for the kids. Facebook photo

The free outdoor Cinco de Mayo 2018 festival is Oklahoma City’s biggest Hispanic event of the year. Facebook photo

The free outdoor Cinco de Mayo 2018 festival is Oklahoma City’s biggest Hispanic event of the year. Facebook photo

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