66th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration set for Goliad


April 28, 2010 at 10:01 p.m.
Updated April 27, 2010 at 11:28 p.m.

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.



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