17th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in Downtown Shreveport Planned for Saturday, May 3

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Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau announces details of award-winning event featuring live music, traditional dance performances and more.

A photo of Alegre Ballet Folklórico

Alegre Ballet Folklórico will perform at the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in Shreveport on Saturday, May 3. Photo courtesy Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Inc.

We’re hoping that this will be the best-attended festival in Cinco de Mayo Fiesta history.

The 17th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta will be held, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., on Saturday, May 3 in downtown Shreveport’s Festival Plaza. The event, which is a project of the local chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), raises funds for academic scholarships benefiting Hispanic students throughout the Ark-La-Tex region. Cinco de Mayo Fiesta has become well-known as an unpredictable, irreverent good time, featuring events like the annual Chihuahua Challenge, live music, the Dream Werkz Custom Car Show, traditional Mexican dance troupes, food vendors and more. Admission to the fiesta is free until 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., there is a $5 admission fee. Cinco de Mayo Fiesta was named a Top 20 Event for 2013 by the Southeast Tourism Society.

“We’re hoping that this will be the best-attended festival in Cinco de Mayo Fiesta history,” said Guillermo “Willie” Ortiz, event chairperson. “We’re looking to fill Festival Plaza with activity after activity.”

A large group of traditional Mexican folk dancers, Alegre Ballet Folklórico, are traveling from the Dallas-Ft. Worth area to participate in Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. This elaborately costumed folk dance troupe performs enormous dance showcases throughout the United States and Mexico. Alegre Ballet Folklórico is expected to take the stage at Festival Plaza around 1:30 p.m. Traditional dances will take center stage in another program following Alegre Ballet Folklórico, which will present Aztec dancers in their ornately feathered costumes.

Another group of performers slated to take part in the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is a salsa and merengue group from San Antonio called Colao. The group performs a high-energy blend of salsa, bachata and merengue music that has been a hit with local audiences. Live music is expected to begin around 4 p.m.

For more information on the 17th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, visit http://www.shreveportcincodemayo.com. For more information on things to see and do in Shreveport-Bossier, visit http://www.shreveport-bossier.org.

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