Downtown Elgin Celebrates Cinco de Mayo
The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin invites the public to join in a free celebration of Mexican History & Culture on Cinco de Mayo from 1 to 5 p.m. On Sunday May 5, Downtown Elgin will come alive with musical acts, local vendors, artists and food trucks along Spring Street and DuPage Court. This special event is in collaboration with AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital, Centro De Información and Gail Borden Library along with numerous sponsors listed below.
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican victory against the French in the Battle of Puebla of 1862. The opening ceremony will feature the Mexican national anthem and a brief historical presentation by former federal Judge Manuel Barbosa of Elgin.
There will be piñata making, Cinco De Mayo trivia, traditional “grito” (or “yell” in Spanish) contests and even a jalapeño-eating contest hosted by Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Elgin. Participating groups include Elgin Hispanic Network and Centro De Información.
Many of the organizations hosting these activities have strong ties within Elgin’s Hispanic Community, including Elgin Hispanic Network, VNA Health Care, Centro De Información and even School District U-46. Over twenty community organizations will be on hand hosting activities and providing valuable resources to the community.
Live Music, Entertainment & Food
Entertainment will be provided by local music and dance groups, including 4 Strings Attached Academy, Alegria Mexicana and Mariachi Joya Dorada de U-46. Food vendors will be located on Spring Street closer towards Fulton Ave, and vendors will be mixed in with the activities in the Union Bank Parking Lot, by Advocate Park, along Spring Street, which will be closed off to traffic beginning at 11:00am.
Food will be available along Spring Street near Fulton including Cook’s Ice Cream, Bida Baking, Elgin BBQ Pit, Mario’s Cart, Perk n’ Pickle, Sophie’s Mango & Three Legged Taco Truck.
Events and Promotions Coordinator, Christina Gonzales, says Cinco De Mayo will be a celebration of culture. “It was really important to us that we try to make Cinco a celebration of history and culture. With iFest and the Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration happening the day before, we have a great opportunity to show off what makes Elgin, and more importantly, the people that live here, so great and diverse the entire weekend.”
Thank you to all of our supporting sponsors and event volunteers including: AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital, Centro De Información, Gail Borden Library, Allstaff, Chiro One, Chicago Financial Group, Wintrust Mortgage, Jimmy John’s, Law Offices of Shirley Sadjadi, Ecker Center for Mental Health, Fremont Street Theatre Company and Karen Beyer as well as Bravo Magazine, Imago and Side Street Studio Arts.