Portales prepares to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Music, cars and ethnic dancers will all be a part of the Cinco de Mayo celebration at Lindsey Park in Portales Saturday.

The festivities are set to begin at 1 p.m. and are being sponsored by the Portales Cultural Affairs Committee, said Jennifer Ornelas, chairperson.

“We have it in our community to get the facts out to the younger generation and provide a fun day for the families,” Ornelas said.

According to City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican independence, but a celebration of the indigenous people of Mexico who fought against Napoleon and his army during the time that the United States was embroiled in the Civil War.

“It was the rag tag army they had that fought the French. It’s a mark of pride that Mexico could fight the French,” Martinez-Terry said.

“It’s really a celebration of the indigenous people of Mexico.”

Festivities planned for the day include a car show, along with a bike and motorcycle show. Prizes will be awarded for first through third place for each category, Ornelas said.

“It’s people’s choice so that should make it a lot more interesting,” Ornelas.
Vendor booths will also be set up and will sell items ranging from handmade crafts to authentic Mexican food. Dancers from Yolanda

Chavez and Company will perform several dances also, Ornealas said.

At a glance

What: Cinco de Mayo Celebration

When: 1- 5 p.m., Saturday

Where: Lindsey Park

Information: Joan Martinez-Terry or Veda Urioste at 356-6662, ext. 18 and 12, or Jennifer Ornelas at