“Cinco de Mayo is a colorful celebration that brings the community together in a positive way. While there are many issues that divide our country today, the Cinco festival invites people of all backgrounds to come together to celebrate the rich culture and traditions of the Latino people, who have deeply enhanced our community and our nation.”
Caminando Juntos Director April Ross.
The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is a main funding source for the ministry, but more importantly it celebrates the rich Latino cultures among us and brings awareness to the needs of the growing community. Caminando Juntos works to create a welcoming presence and to respond to the needs of newly arrived Latino immigrants as they seek to make a home and become a part of Sioux Falls and surrounding communities.
The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta celebrated 12 years this May and has grown to a premier event in the area. The community rallies together each year to make this vision come to life with over 300 volunteers, 30 plus sponsors, 15 committee members and averages 9,000 attendees each year. This event could not be possible without these fantastic partners.
As you entered Falls Park, you were greeted with fabulous Latino music and dancing, while smells and tastes of the authentic food vendors filled the air with tacos, burritos, pupusas, nachos and so much more. Several other craft and information booths were also enjoyed by many. Once again, the Wells Fargo Kid’s Zone was a huge attraction. Families gathered with joy to take part in one of the favorite areas of the fiesta, the piñata station, where 60 piñatas were filled with 240 pounds of candy! Each year, we end the fiesta with a 50/50 cash drawing. This year the winner was a well deserving single father who was very thankful.
For more information on the fiesta, please visit: www.cincofiesta.com