Square lights up for Cinco de Mayo
By LPR Staff
Caldwell County’s historic Square will come alive this weekend as the Greater Caldwell County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual celebration of the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla.
Cinco de Mayo is a traditional Mexican-American celebration as a source of ethnic
pride. Each year, the Greater Caldwell County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosts the festival and street dance, not only to raise funds for their organization, but to promote unity and education throughout the community.
Festivities start on Friday night on the Courthouse Square, with a welcome and music from DJ Street Sounds. From 9 p.m. – midnight, Elida y Avante will perform for the street dance. Additionally, food and arts and crafts booth will open at 6 p.m., and a carnival will be set up on Commerce Street.
Saturday morning, the Fifth Annual Cinco de Mayo 5K run will begin winding its way through historic residential Lockhart at 8 a.m.
Registration for the family-oriented 5K is available online and at the Greater Caldwell County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, a registration table will be open on race day, from 6:30 – 8 a.m.
Runners who have pre-registered for the event may pick up their race packets at the Greater Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce office at 117 E. Walnut, from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, May 1.
Booths and events on the Square start back up at noon, and beginning at 1 p.m., a wide variety of musical performers and DJs will add a musical backdrop to shopping, food and fun.
New to the event this year, a reenactment of the Battle of Puebla will take place from 5 -6 p.m. on Saturday, and the street dance will feature the award-winning Tejano legends, La Tropa F, from 8:30 p.m. – midnight.
For additional information on this weekend’s Cinco de Mayo events, contact the Greater Caldwell County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at (512) 398-9600 or online at www.lockharthispanichamber.org. Information and events pages can also be found on Facebook.