West End Names Cinco de Mayo Entertainers, Adds Sponsors

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The Dallas West End Association announces seven bands and eight dance companies to head the entertainment at Dallas's premier Cinco de Mayo celebration, set for Saturday, May 3 from noon until 9 p.m.. Additional corporate sponsors also have come aboard. The festivities will feature Mexican food, music, dance and fun for all ages.

The West End Cinco de Mayo celebration set for Saturday, May 3 is shaping up even bigger than expected. The West End Association today named seven bands and eight dance troupes to anchor the entertainment, and revealed a growing list of corporate sponsors.

Bands include:

  • Grooviluzion,
  • Marumba
  • John Walker
  • The Spike Band
  • Catfish Whiskey
  • Anthony & Sarah Garcia Duo
  • Mariachi 90

A wide range of dance styles from folk to hip hop will provide a unique cultural experience - but it will not be limited to performance. Cinco de Mayo celebrants will be able to get salsa dance lessons from Sandunga Dance Company, too.

Dancers include:

  • Ballet Folklorico of Dallas
  • Anita N, Martinez Ballet Folklorico
  • Bryan Adams High School Ballet Folklorico
  • Sandunga Dance Company (Salsa Performance and Lessons)
  • Malanga Dancers (Salsa Performance)
  • Famous All Stars (Latin Hip/Hop)
  • Ballet Folklorico Hispano de Dallas
  • Ballet Folklorico Viva! Mexico

As word of the event has spread, more corporate sponsors have stepped up to be part of this new West End tradition.

Sponsors include:

  • PegasusNews.com
  • Ben E. Keith
  • Bud Light Lime
  • Hornitos Tequila
  • Downtown Improvement District
  • Wild Bill's Western Store
  • US Foods Service
  • West End Merchants and Property Owners

Wild Bill's Western Store, a popular West End destination, signed on as a sponsor because owner Bill Dewbre sees business traffic growing there. "This is becoming the 'go-to' place in Dallas again," Dewbre said. "The West End merchants always show people a good time."

Jay Kahn, owner of West End restaurants RJ Mexican Cuisine and the Butcher Shop Steak House, and a key organizer of Cinco de Mayo in the West End is equally upbeat.

"This will be the biggest-ever Cinco de Mayo celebration in the West End, one the best fiestas Texas has seen in years," Khan said. "We have incredible food, drinks, dancers and live bands playing all day."

West End Cinco de Mayo Details

  • Date: Saturday, May 3, 2008
  • Time: Noon - 9:00 p.m.
  • Location: Dallas West End, extending on Market Street from the West End DART rail station to Munger.
  • Entertainment: 3 stages - two with continuous live music by local bands, one with cultural entertainment including traditional music and dancers
  • Family Friendly: Plenty of activities for kids of all ages, including bounce house, obstacle course, piñata parties, Segway course, face painters, balloon artist and caricature artists
  • Food & Beverage: Street booths will be set up by restaurants in the West End and a select group of vendors. Food will include ethnic and Tex-Mex favorites as well as West End specialties.
  • Parking: Multiple lots on Houston (one block West of the event); several on Lamar (one street East), as well as a large and secure parking garage at the corner of Lamar and McKinney (1½ blocks northeast of the event). Valet parking is available at the corner of Market and Ross beginning at 5 p.m. for $3.00.

About the West End
The Dallas West End Historic District offers visitors a window to the past with beautifully preserved and masterfully renovated historical buildings on tree-lined brick streets. Visitors - locals and movie stars alike - find restaurants and pubs offering steaks to sushi, live music, dance clubs, museums, authentic western wear and boot makers as well as ethnic and cultural celebrations scheduled throughout the year. For more information, please visit http://www.dallaswestend.org.

Michelle Chennault

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