Cinco De Mayo Parade Will Include Air Force Aerial Acrobatics

This year’s 12th annual Cinco de Mayo parade and celebration in Adrian, Michigan will begin Friday, May 4th, with an International Championship Wrestling “Luchapalooza” at 7:00 p.m. at the L.A. Cafe. There will be inflatables included at the event. Organizers Chico Martinez and Erica Espinoza conveyed that this years celebration would include a jet airplane fly-by provided by the Selfridge Air National Guard base. The event begins with a parade at 1:00 p.m. at the intersection of Maumee and Greenly, and continues onto the Lenawee County Fair and Event Grounds, LenConnect.com reported.

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration originating predominately in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla, which translates into The Day of the Battle of Peubla. The holiday is in honor of Mexican heritage as well as a celebration of the freedom and democracy achieved during the Civil War in the state of Peubla.

The Air Force jets will fly by after the parade has commenced and is underway. AMVETS Post 1957 members will be in head of the parade and a World War II veteran, Octavio Gonzalez Sr., will take the roll of parade grand marshal. Martinez was quoted having said:

“We’re asking all veterans to come out for the parade.”

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A $200 first place prize will be awarded to the best float in the parade, a second place prize of $100 dollars will also be awarded. The judging of the floats will be voted on originality and for the best representation of the family and culture.

Once the parade has finished, the celebration will continue at the L.A. Cafe, located at 4460 W. Maumee, at 8:00 p.m. (PST). Activities will begin with a flag-raising ceremony. Other events include music, dancers, comedy routines done by “Itchie” Richie Villalbos, fire trucks, inflatables, food vendors and for the first time ever, a beer vendor tent. Vendors will be selling jewelry, arts and crafts, and food. Demonstrations will be given by artists. One of the art exhibits will include a replica of the Optimus Prime truck from the Transformers movie. The Lenawee Great Start Coalition will be collecting diapers for the diaper drive in addition to coordinating children’s activities such as pinatas and ice cream.

What are your plans for Cinco de Mayo?