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El Conquistador Latino Newspaper and UMOS proudly present the 5th Annual Cinco de Mayo Family Festival. This year will mark the 160th Anniversary of Cinco do Mayo, and we have a lot planned for the event.
After a two-year hiatus, the festival returns with several new contests: a Vicente Fernandez singing, and a look-a-like contest in honor of the late great Vicente Fernandez. We also added a Tamale Eating Contest. These new contests are guaranteed crowd-pleasers.
Cinco de Mayo is an annual popular celebration commemorating the famed Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, when the outnumbered and poorly equipped Mexican Army defeated the more powerful and better-armed French Army. The victory for the Mexican force against the French Army was a morale boost for Mexico. A battle cry that rallied the country to fight against unprovoked invaders.
This year we dedicate Cinco de Mayo Festival to the people of Ukraine. Just like the Battle fought in Puebla, the people of Ukraine are united in a fight against a well-equipped and bigger opponent.
St Michael’s Ukrainian Church members will hold a prayer service to call for an end to the Russian-Ukraine war and call for peace as part of the opening ceremony. At the festival, the St Michael’s Ukrainian Church will have a booth collecting funds for the victims of the war and other items for the recent refugees who have come to Milwaukee. The opening ceremony will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at UMOS Corporate Plaza, 2701 S. Chase Ave. Milwaukee, WI.
El Conquistador Latino Newspaper and the United Migrant Opportunity Service (UMOS) will present St Michael’s Ukrainian Church and the people of Ukraine with a plaque dedicated to the “Triumph of the Human Spirit.”
“Triumph of the Human Spirit.” is an award that we will present to five people from our community who fought to improve the quality of life for the Latino Community. This year, we will honor our community’s original “Soldados” (soldiers) Ernesto Chacon, Jesus Salas, Marla Anderson, Roberto Hernandez, and Dante Navarro.
Members of the Mexican Consulate of Milwaukee will be at the festival representing Mexico as we honor the people of Ukraine during the opening ceremony.
The Cinco de Mayo Festival features music, Mexican folkloric dancings, a car show, a chihuahua beauty contest, carnival rides, a pepper eating contest, a piñata party for kids, a community resource fair, and more.
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the triumph of the human spirit and what people united can do! Cinco de Mayo teaches us that despite overwhelming odds, together, we can overcome.
Cinco de Mayo is sponsored by UMOS, Supermercado El Rey, Caliente Radio 97.3 FM, Make A Wish Wisconsin, Total Request Entertainment, La Z Radio 93.7 FM, and El Conquistador Latino Newspaper.
For more information on the Cinco de mayo festival, volunteer opportunities, or participation, call 414-383-1000.