DARLINGTON—The tradition continues on May 5 as Darlington celebrates the sixth annual Cinco de Mayo celebration at the festival grounds.
To kick off the event, the opening ceremony will be a performance by the Darlington Elementary-Middle School choir at noon. Food will be available from noon-8 p.m. with arts, crafts, informational and merchandise booths open from noon-6 p.m.
The annual soccer tournament will be held at Black Bridge Park, the basketball tournament will be at Riverside Park and the kickball tournament will be at Sieg Field, all running from noon-6 p.m. Children’s games and inflatable rides will be available from noon-6 p.m. for a small fee. A clown will make an appearance during that time and face painting will be available.
Starting at 1 p.m., a performance by Ballet Folklorico Nacional of Milwaukee will take the stage. Then, at 2 p.m. a piñata breaking will be held as well as the start of the talent show and the best home-made salsa contest.
At 4 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Nacional of Milwaukee returns to the stage. Then at 5 p.m. a zumba demonstration will take place. From 6-8 p.m. music will be played by DJ Zyby. A dance will follow from 8 p.m.-midnight featuring the band Banda Seduccion. Admission to the dance is $10 a person and those attending must be 21 or older unless accompanied by a parent.
The history of Cinco de Mayo is one of celebration for both Mexico and the United States. It stems from the 19th century when 4,000 Mexican soldiers smashed the French and traitor Mexican army of 8,000 at Puebla, Mexico, 100 miles east of Mexico City on the morning of May 5, 1862. When the battle was finished, many French were killed or wounded, and their cavalry was chased miles away. The Mexicans had won a great victory that kept Napoleon III from supplying the confederate rebels for another year, thus allowing the U.S. to establish a powerful army, which in turn essentially ended the Civil War at Gettysburg 14 months later. A great deal is credited to the events of May 5, which many believe helped all the pieces fall into place.
Sponsors for the day’s activities include: City of Darlington; Darlington Community Schools; Darlington Tourism Committee; Mexican Cheese Producers; Cottonwood Dairy LLC; Tricom; VEM Consulting; Community of Churches; Subway; Wiegel Group & Xtreme Clean; James & Laurene Winn; Johnson Public Library; Duxstad and Bestul, S.C.; First National Bank; Wisconsin Electrical Service; Super 8 Hotel; Bridges Restaurant, Lounge & Banquet Center; Southwest Graphics; Morrissey Printing, Inc.; Capturing Every Moment; La Misanteca; Tequila Sunrise; Riverwood; Veracruz II; Talmer Bank; Virtue Motors; Darlington Auto Supply & Radio Shack; Citizens Bank; Steil Camacho Funeral Home; Darlington Optimist Club; Bob & Lin Salmi; Erickson’s Funeral Home; Casey’s General Store; La Mexicana; GetSirius Internet Services; Murph’s Furniture and Decorating; Al’s Towing; The Sewing Sisters; Pat’s Barbershop; The Driver Opera House; Town and Country Insurance Services; Montchevre; H&R Block; GCR Tire; Images Hair Designs; Worthmore Evergreens; Mike & Marcia Aas; Chateau; and Posh Salon & Massage.