The 22nd Annual National Cinco de Mayo Festival On the National Mall

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On Sunday, May 4, 2014, the National Cinco de Mayo Festival will celebrate Latin American dance, music and crafts as well as health exams and services.

The Maru Montero Dance Company and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) present the annual National Cinco de Mayo Festival on Sunday, May 4, 2014. The free festival will celebrate Latin American dance, music and crafts. The Cinco de Mayo celebration is in support of LULAC’s health education initiative, Latinos Living Healthy which is focused on addressing Latino health disparities in this country.

Live performances throughout the day will feature salsa, Mexican folk dancing, mariachis, and other dances. The children’s pavilion will host arts and crafts where young people can make piñatas, build dancing puppets, and play lotería (Mexican bingo) to win prizes.

With support from the Walmart Foundation, this particular Cinco de Mayo will provide a unique opportunity for the Latino community to celebrate the Latino culture with healthy food options, health screenings, physical activity, and healthy cooking demonstrations.

Free HIV, diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings will be provided at the feria along with comprehensive weight assessment testing. Celebrity Chef Daniel W. Thomas will be on site during the day to provide healthy cooking tips during live cooking demonstrations. adjustments by a trained chiropractor and health information provided by a variety of exhibitors to inform event attendees about ways to prevent preventable illnesses will also be available.

WHAT:    Live music and dance competitions of pre-Hispanic, folk, and salsa
        Live performance by AB Quintanilla and the Kumbia All Starz
Traditional Latin American crafts for children
        Health screenings
Healthy Latin American food
Sports drills

WHEN:     Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. RAIN OR SHINE!

WHERE:     National Mall between 8th and 12th Street, SW., Washington, D.C. If you are traveling by METRO, exit at the Smithsonian Metro Station.

About MMDC: Founded in 1992, the Maru Montero Dance Company (MMDC) is the leading Latin dance company in the nation’s capital, performing Mexican folk, cha-cha, mambo, salsa, tango, and many other dances from Latin America. The company, founded by former Ballet Folklórico de México lead dancer Maru Montero, is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to promoting the joy and beauty of Latino culture in the United States. MMDC performs at venues around the district and offers a wide selection of Latin American dance programs. The company is supported by donations, fees for performances, the Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. On the web:

About LULAC: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit,, and

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