Massive Cinco de Mayo Fest for Central Oregon Coast
(Lincoln City, Oregon) – Portland has been a monster celebration for years. It's long been yet another massive drinking party for bars around the nation. But on the central Oregon coast, Cinco de Mayo has grown rapidly on its own, thanks to the Lincoln City Cultural Center, which provides an enormous festival on Sunday, May 5. It features food, music, dances and spectacular displays of Charro horsemanship.
Historically the holiday celebrates the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, in which the Mexicans defeated a much larger French army in an initial battle against the invading French.
This celebration started five years ago as Lincoln City Spanish instructor José Solano organized the first one on the Oregon coast. Solano was inspired by the responses to the 29-year-long celebrations along Portland's waterfront and its sister city of Guadalajara.
Recently, with the support of LCCC Executive Director Niki Price, he now brings the festival to Lincoln City for its second year. It is part of his 2013 World Music Series, sponsored by the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau, The Westover Inns, the parent company of The Pelican Shores Inn, The Looking Glass Inn, and The Shearwater Inn.
The headliner – so to speak - are the Charro Andalusian horses. These amazing Mexican cowboys ride beautiful Andalusian, Friesian, and Azteca horses that perform intricate dances and movements.
“We are very pleased to have, this year, Don Pedro Muñoz, Friesian and Andalusian horse breeder of the Tres Potrillos Ranch,” Solano said “He was invited to perform at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, the world's greatest horsemanship competition in which 58 nations participated. Charro Miguel Santana will serve as MC for the horse exhibition providing information on the horses, riders, and their dances. The Charros are scheduled to perform at 2 p.m. on the grounds of the LCCC, weather permitting.”
The Charro Andalusian horses are of the same stock as the famed Lippizzaner stallions of Vienna and all are descendents of horses from the renowned Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
The Papalotl Mexican folkloric dance company of Kenya Márquez hits the stage at 3:30 p.m., performing in colorful authentic costumes. The group performs dances from many regions of Mexico including Vera Cruz, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Nayarit, and Jalisco.
Kenya comes from a long line of Mexican dancers and musicians. She studied at the Instituto National de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and spent six years in France where she obtained a doctorate in child psychology and performed with the Ballet de la Maison de Mexique. She has toured widely in France, Mexico, and the United States.
5 p.m. features flamenco guitarist José Solano and friends, closing out the festival with a dynamic Tablao Flamenco concert of guitarists, singer, and dancers in colorful Spanish costumes.
Kids will get to smack a pinata around beginning at noon. That feature is free. Mexican food will be sold throughout the festival, and a no-host indoor bar (serving beer and wine) will be available after 3:30 pm.
Also that day: May 5, the Lincoln City Farmers’ Market will open its outdoor season. Their vendor booths will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the west lawn of the cultural center.
Admission is charged for the horses, dance and Flamenco show: $10 in advance & $12 day-of-festival. Ages 6-18 are $5, in advance or day of show. Children 5 and under admitted free.
Lincoln City Cultural Center, Hwy 101. Lincoln City, Oregon. 541-994-9994.
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