Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s victory over French troops at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Over time, it evolved into an all-inclusive party that can extend into the weekend. This year the celebrations take place before, during and after May 5 with authentic Mexican music and food. Some events even let you reconnect with great bits of California history.
The City of Santa Ana’s 18th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival will be held Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7. The festivities begin at noon on Fourth Street in historic downtown area.
This annual tradition celebrates Santa Ana’s vibrant Mexican culture with live entertainment including top level performers each night, delicious food, interactive art activities, and exciting carnival rides for children of all ages. The festival will also include cultural art components throughout the event as well as a beer garden.
On Saturday, the festival’s main stage will feature the talented performances of various Ballet Folklorico and local school dance groups. The event’s international flavor will be brought to the stage through the impressive performances of professional Fandando, Salsa, Cha Cha and Flamenco dancers.
A second stage on the west end Fourth Street will also feature crossover performances by popular and upcoming local bands. These talented artists’ sensational performances will offer something for everyone to enjoy!
On Sunday, the beautiful and talented singer and actress Ninel Condes’s performance will be the festival’s culminating act. Born in Toluca, Estado de Mexico, Ninel’s career was launched with the successful release of self-titled CD in 2004 which was nominated for a Grammy Latino.
Since then, Ninel has achieved international stardom with her music and acting roles on telenovelas and theater productions.