Cinco de Mayo dresses depict Mexican culture
May 4, 2011 at 12:04 a.m.
Updated May 5, 2011 at 12:05 a.m.
Cinco de Mayo is a rich, symbolic tradition in Mexican culture. On May 5, 1862, Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza defeated the French army against insurmountable odds in the Battle of Puebla. Months later, Mexican President Benito Juarez, declared the victory a national holiday.
The celebration activities include fiestas, parades and expressions of patriotism, according to the General Zaragoza Society. And the style of dress is an integral part of the festivities.
The society, based in Goliad, hosted a pageant Saturday commemorating their heritage. Contestants wore dresses representing different states of Mexico.
Briana Flores embraced her Aztec gown from central Mexico, "It makes me feel proud, confidant," she said.
The Goliad High School sophomore said her style of dress was worn during religious ceremonies. The thunderbird placed in the center is the patriot bird of war.
Another contestant, Zoe Garcia, also has developed new-found confidence by embracing her roots in wardrobe. "It makes me feel pretty," she said.
Garcia, 14, has been in several similar pageants, such as the Guadalajara del Noche, sporting gowns that originate from the Mexican state of Jalisco.
Her mother, Ana Garcia, said, "I wanted to keep the theme, but she's evolving."
The Garcias purchased the dress from Li't Dove store in San Antonio.
Alma Badillo, whose husband owns the store, said she enjoys her job, "I have great pride because I get to work with my culture," she said.
Badillo said regardless of region, the dresses are brightly-colored because they represent happiness.
Although Badillo said she likes the beauty aspect of Cinco de Mayo, she has not forgotten the historical context.
"I feel very good because Mexico didn't have to depend on other countries anymore," she said.
AREA EVENTS ROUNDUP
VICTORIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CINCO DE MAYO-LA CELEBRACION
When: Noon-midnight Saturday
Where: Special Events Area, Riverside Park at 311 Memorial Drive, next to Riverside Stadium.
For more information: Contact the Victoria Chamber of Commerce at 361-573-5277 or visit www.victoriachamber.org
Ticket: $5 for adults until 6 p.m. After 6 p.m., entrance price is $10. Children under 48 inches are free.
Featured bands at the concert: Mingo Saldivar, Roger Creager and Grupo Fantasma
This event will be a celebration of music and family-oriented traditions, featuring food, crafts and entertainers from the Gulf Coast.
Proceeds from the event will finance college scholarships.
Lawn chairs are welcomed, but no coolers allowed.
12:30 p.m. - VISD Hip-Hop Dancers (Patio Stage)
1 p.m. - VISD Ballet Folklorio (Patio Stage)
1:30 p.m. - "Alumni" Hip-Hop Dancers (Patio Stage)
2 p.m. - Sarah Rivas (Main Stage)
3 p.m. - YMCA Zumba Dancers (Patio Stage)
3:30 p.m. - VISD Ballet Folklorico (Patio Stage)
4 p.m. - VISD Mariachi
4:30 p.m. - YMCA Zumba Dancers
5:30 p.m. - 24/7
6:30 p.m. - Mingo Saldivar
8 p.m. - Grupo Fantasma
10 p.m. - Roger Creager
1st Cinco de Mayo Fajita Fiesta and barbecue cook-off. Teams will compete in three categories: fajitas, pork spare ribs and brisket. There also will be jackpot beans and beef fajitas. Prizes will be first place, $300; second place, $125; and third place, $75.
Children's fun area will include two large inflatable bouncers/slides, face painting, miniature golf, toys, crafts and clowns.
PALACIOS BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB - 12TH ANNUAL CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION
Fundraiser events include Chihuahua races, car and truck exhibition, inflatable carnival, barbecue cook-off, 1K and 5K run, arts crafts and food booths, and game booths, along with music from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Contact Palacios Boys & Girls Club at 361-972-2642.
Annual Barbecue Cook Off
Sausage, pork ribs, fajita, jackpot beans: $25
Car and Truck Exhibition:
Where: 600 Main St.
Registration: 8-10 a.m.
Exhibition: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Entry Fee: No entry fee
Contact: Hershell Neimeyer at 361-403-7013 for more information.
Interested food, arts and crafts vendors should contact Rosie Lara, 361-972-2855 for booth rentals.
Where: Railroad Park
When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $7.50 /plate fried catfish/rice and beans
Inflatable carnival for kids
For more information: 361-972-2642
2ND ANNUAL TEX-MEX CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA
Lu Raq's Restaurant & Beer Garden
1 p.m., live music begins
Barbecue and salsa cook-off, bike show and jalapeno eating contest
For more information, contact Joey Ornelas, 361-573-2900 or www.luraqsrestaurant.com.
CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA NOCHE TRADICIONAL
When: Noon-1 a.m. Saturday
Where: Riverside Multiplex, 1407 W. Red River St.
What: Concert is free
For more information, call 361-578-9686
Music headliners: David Marez, Marcos Orozco, Tejano Calgery, Dotado, Conjunto Kids, Mariachis, Ballet Folklorico, food and drink booths, children games and car show.
GOLIAD 67TH ANNUAL CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA
When: Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight and Saturday, noon-11:30 p.m.
Where: Goliad County Fairgrounds - 925 S. U.S. Highway 183
Free entertainment, food and craft booths
For more information: Contact Sherry Garcia, 361-564-5727
Dance to free, live music, from bands such as The Majestics, formerly Gone Country, David Valadez, La Guerra Musical and more. Enjoy mariachi and ballet performances.
Do you make the best barbecue spare ribs, chicken or brisket? Get your team together and enter the IBCA sanctioned barbecue cook-off for your share of the $3,000 cash prizes, ribbons, trophies and bragging rights.
For entry form or information, call Carlos Gutierrez at 361-571-3808 or Sonny Vargas at 361-645-4079.
The General Zaragoza Society and Family Of Friends are sponsoring the "Ride For Education" Fun Run. Enjoy the beautiful and colorful countryside and raise money for scholarships.