66th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration set for Goliad

  • Cinco De Mayo Celebration Schedule

    Goliad County Fairgrounds,

    Friday

    6 p.m. - midnight

    6 p.m. - Queen's coronation

    Saturday

    1 - 3 p.m. Marichi Fuego

    Armando Botello, Miraichi director

    3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Awards, queen presentation

    4 p.m. ...

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  • Cinco De Mayo Celebration Schedule

    Goliad County Fairgrounds,

    Friday

    6 p.m. - midnight

    6 p.m. - Queen's coronation

    Saturday

    1 - 3 p.m. Marichi Fuego

    Armando Botello, Miraichi director

    3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Awards, queen presentation

    4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Tonalli ballet folkorico

    5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Teziz musical group

    8 p.m. - midnight Jody Farias y Increible

    Other activities include a barbecue cook off, margarita contest, a bike run by Victoria Harley-Davidson

    Attending Dignitaries

    Sister city Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon will have 50 dignitaries present, including:

    Victor Corso

    Representative of Consulate office in San Antonio

    Protective and legal Consul

    Maria Ofelia Gonzalez V.

    Department of community affairs

    Eliud Alberto Lozano Cisneros

    Mayor of Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon

    The group will be treated to a wine and cheese gathering from 5 - 6 p.m. on Friday at the Market House Museum Depot.

    They will then go to the fairgrounds for the annual queens coronation

GOLIAD - Musicians, dancers and dignitaries from Goliad's sister city Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon will be a part of the 66th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, Friday and Saturday.

Goliad, the birthplace of Gen. Ignancio Zaragoza, celebrates the general's win at the Battle of Puebla over the much larger French Army on May 5, 1862.

"We continue to celebrate to reunite, freedom and country, " said Emilio Vargas II, program coordinator of the Zaragoza Society.

The event continues to focus on fostering international relations and educating, said Hernan Jaso, program coordinator of the Zaragoza Society.

"I have learned a lot about my Mexican heritage and culture," said Mariana San Miguel, 17, the reigning Miss Zaragoza.

The primary focus of the Zaragoza Society, which offers scholarships, is to educate younger generations.

"We should know about our culture and our history we have here," Mariana said.

Jaso added that through time the event has grown with various governmental officials in attendance and being presented with a statue of Zaragoza.

"It's one of the most historical sites in Texas," Vargas said.

On Saturday, the society will honor Bert Reyes, son of the founder of the General Zaragoza Society in 1944, and E.G. and Ronnie Rubio for their continuous support and membership in the organization.

Also Saturday, Teziz, a musical group, and Tonalli, a ballet folklorico group, both from Hidalgo, will perform.

On Saturday night, popular tejano group Jody Farias y Increible will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Program coordinators anticipate at least 10,000 people will attend the weekend festivities to take part in the food, music and barbecue cook-offs.