Cinco de Mayo celebration starts with parade Saturday morning

The annual Cinco de Mayo celebration is this Saturday.

By Jon Johnson

The annual Cinco de Mayo celebration will kick off with a parade down Main Street in Downtown Safford, starting at 10 a.m.

The Fiesta then moves to the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, where there will be two stages, indoor and outdoor, that will feature entertainment and demonstrations throughout the day.

Additionally, there will be various activities for children, including games, face painting, and contests.

Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration celebrating the Mexican Army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. While not widely celebrated in Mexico – usually with just a simple commemoration of the battle – in the United States most people confuse it with Mexico’s Independence Day and celebrate thusly. Mexico’s actual Independence Day from Spain is Sept. 16.

Lowrider Syle will also hold its second annual lowrider contest at Safford High School from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information on that event call Matt at 928-651-8555. Vehicles are scheduled to “roll in” from 8 – 11 a.m.

Below is a schedule of events for the celebration.

Downtown Safford

9:45 a.m. – Opening Prayer Fr. Robert and Flag Raising Ceremony

10 a.m. – Parade (from the Graham County Courthouse down Main Street then east to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church)

St. Rose of Lima Main Stage (outside)

11 a.m. – Mariachi Bellas Musical

12 p.m. – Douglas High School Folklorico

12:45 p.m. – Teresa Rose

1 p.m. – Garcia Brother’s

1:30 p.m. – Safford Dance Academy

2:30 p.m. – Extreme Martial Arts

3 p.m. – GTown Ent Mr. J Loc & Gethsemani

3:30 p.m. – Cinderella Scholarship

3:45 p.m. – Ardoz & Same Ol G

4 p.m. – Raffle for 50/50

St. Rose of Lima Hall Stage (inside)

12 p.m. – GTown Ent Mr. J Loc & Gethsemani

12:30 p.m. – Mariachi Bellas Musical

1:30 p.m. – Douglas High School Folklorico

2:30 p.m. – Miranda Mi Canta

3 p.m. – EAC Danseries

3:30 p.m. – Gethsemani Arodz & Same Ol G

4:30 p.m. – Teresa Rose