Traditions on display at Elgin Cinco de Mayo fest

  • Bella Olivios, right, 11, and Alex Koppari, 14, of the musical group 4 Strings Attached of McHenry play traditional Mexican music Sunday as the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin hosted a Cinco De Mayo celebration.

      Bella Olivios, right, 11, and Alex Koppari, 14, of the musical group 4 Strings Attached of McHenry play traditional Mexican music Sunday as the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin hosted a Cinco De Mayo celebration. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • The musical group 4 Strings Attached of McHenry play traditional Mexican music Sunday during the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin's Cinco De Mayo celebration.

      The musical group 4 Strings Attached of McHenry play traditional Mexican music Sunday during the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin's Cinco De Mayo celebration. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • People flocked to DuPage Court on Sunday as the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin hosted a Cinco De Mayo celebration with live music, traditional food and activities.

      People flocked to DuPage Court on Sunday as the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin hosted a Cinco De Mayo celebration with live music, traditional food and activities. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Vianey Tello of Carpentersville wears Mexican sombrero antennas during a Cinco De Mayo celebration Sunday hosted by the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin.

      Vianey Tello of Carpentersville wears Mexican sombrero antennas during a Cinco De Mayo celebration Sunday hosted by the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 5/5/2019 4:32 PM

A Cinco de Mayo festival Sunday afternoon in downtown Elgin celebrated Mexican history and culture with live entertainment, food and family-friendly activities.

Hosted by the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, the event featured local musical acts, dance groups, vendors, artists and food trucks along Spring Street and DuPage Court. An opening ceremony included the Mexican national anthem and a brief historical presentation by retired federal Judge Manuel Barbosa of Elgin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"I think it's great that our traditions and culture are being kept alive," he said. "It's a source of pride."

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican victory against the French in the 1862 Battle of Puebla. The Elgin festival offered pinata making, traditional "grito" (or "yell" in Spanish) contests, a jalapeno-eating contest and Cinco de Mayo trivia.

The event was co-hosted by Centro de Informacion, the Gail Borden Public Library and AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital Elgin. Various other community organizations participated, including the Elgin Hispanic Network and Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Elgin.

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