Cinco de Mayo returns to Durango!
1st Annual Gazpacho’s Cinco de Mayo Heritage Days
Durango joined in full-force for a free family event May 3rd through May 5th at Gazpacho restaurant.Durango converted into a center of cultural heritage as the people – or la gente – united to organize and share our rich Hispanic talent and to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The fun started at Gazpacho Restaurant at noon complete with live Hispano Bands, Ballet Folklorico Dancers, Durango Zumba Dance Instructors and a free health fair sponsored by San Juan Basin Health Department. Also joining us were the advocacy services brought to you by Compañeros – Durango’s Latino Advocacy Program.
The event was a benefit for El Centro’s Book Scholarship dedicated to Fort Lewis College students at the Hispano Resource Center and the Ballet Folklorico Dancers National Dance Conference trip this summer. Residents and tourists help support the book scholarship and the Ballet Folklorico Dancers by either purchasing the Gazpacho Restaurant “El Centro” Margarita, purchasing a commemorative 1st Annual Gazpacho’s Cinco de Mayo Heritage Days poster or by participating in the Zumbathon led by 15 of the area’s best licensed Zumba instructors.
Friday and Saturday programs included the San Juan Basin Health Fair with free health screening services and resources, Chiquitas Sabor MexicanaSpecialty Store, prospective Fort Lewis College students outreach, a kid’s face painting booth and live Hispano band performances from Albuquerque’s Severo y Grupo Fuego and 6 other local bands through Sunday afternoon. Don’t miss the Ballet Folklorico de Fort Lewis College, traditional Mexican Folklorico dancing at 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, as well as an energy-filled Zumbatomic class for kids only, grades K – 6 on Saturday. On Sunday, people put on their favorite tights for the adult Zumbathon Latin Fitness workout.
FLC’s Alumni Relations also held a Durango alumni Cinco happy hour on Friday evening to re-unite local graduates and their families in a fun celebration. All events were open to the public and everyone was welcome to attend. Gazpacho Restaurant served a weekend-only “El Centro” margarita in which $2 of every $7 margarita towards the El Centro book scholarship. Gazpacho Restaurant also funded the production of the 1st Annual, commemorative, Gazpacho’s Cinco de Mayo Heritage Days poster, $12 each, where 100% of each sale will be donated to the Ballet Folklorico Dancers National conference trip. All proceeds from each Zumbathon’s $10 suggested donation will support the Ballet Folklorico dance group’s efforts, as well!Cinco de Mayo commemorates the historic Mexican army’s underdog victory over the well-equipped and fancy-dressed French troops the 1962 Batalla de Pueblo, or the battle of Pueblo, Mexico. In the U.S., and especially in Durango, people of Mexican descent and those interested in this culture celebrate this historic battle with a display of colorful dances, live music and festivities.
The people of Durango, along with Gazpacho’s restaurant have worked together to bring you what is the first annual Gazpacho’s Cinco de Mayo Heritage Days celebration. Sponsors and collaborators to help make this event possible include: Gazpacho Restaurant, Fort Lewis College’s El Centro de Muchos Colores, JM Productions, Ballet Folklorico, FLC Almuni and Admission offices, San Juan Basin Health Department, Licensed Zumba Instructors of Durango, Compañeros, Chiquita’s Sabor Mexicana and Pine Valley Rental & Sales, Inc. Entertainers donating their time, equipment and talent include: Severo y Grupo Fuego, Sensación de Colorado, Grupo Ritmo, Reintento Norteno, Nobles de la Sierra, and Los Mitotitos.
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ About Ballet Folklorico de FLC: Club Ballet Folklorico is a dance group that embraces Hispanic culture through dancing traditional Mexican Folklore. They provide opportunities for students to learn how to dance and perform these traditional dances on campus and in our community like Cinco de Mayo! They also want to provide opportunity for students to travel around the United States and Mexico to learn different styles of Folkloric dancing from different regions of Mexico through workshops. Every June, the group attends the annual Ballet Folklorico conference in Las Vegas where they have intense training days where they share techniques and the latest in the latino dance culture.
Gazpacho Restaurant wants to sincerely thank our other Co-Sponsors for their participation in our fund raising event: