ENNIS — A large crowd of people came out in support of the third annual Cinco De Mayo Festival celebrated in Ennis on Saturday.
The festival is organized by SLA Commdad Hispana De Ennis to celebrate and commemorate the Mexican army’s triumph over the French army at the Battle of Pueblo in 1862.
According to the president of the organization, Domingo Galban, the purpose of the event was to promote togetherness in the community.
“We are a nonprofit organization and our purpose is to become more involved and help out the community in any way we can,” Galban said. “We would really love to make this event bigger and better each year. We want it to be humongous and where there is a way, there’s a way.”
With the weather permitting, the attendance rate was good as people turned out to enjoy time with their family and friends.
“It could be a lot better with a lot more vendors but I’m pretty confident that more people will show up later,” Sarina Doblado said.
“This is my second year attending and so far, they were both OK,” Brianna Escamilla said, with her sister Jasmine adding, “I came last year too and I was really looking forward to it this year.”
The weather - which was a factor for the past two years the festival has been held - had some watching the skies.
“The crowd is pretty good considering the weather elements,” Galban said as he looked around.
“Everything is OK today; I just hope it doesn’t rain it out like it did last year,” said Maria Herrera, the mother of last year’s festival queen, Adrianne Herrera. “It’s not as hot as it usually is either.”
The festival featured live entertainment by the band, Los Concentidos Del Norte, bounce houses, pony rides, a car show, vendors with information and several food vendors.
Some of the vendors present were State Farm Insurance, McKibbin Funeral Home, La Valleria, U.S. Army, Alliance Data and others.
“The band volunteered and they really helped us out a whole lot,” Galban said. “Also without our volunteers and our very many sponsors, we couldn’t do any of this.
“The Ennis Arts Commission and Alliance Data were two of our biggest sponsors today,” he continued. “And then we had Ennis Ford Mercury and Allen Samuels, Super 1 Foods and Schirm USA.”
All proceeds from the festival will go toward scholarships for Ennis students and also toward community projects, Galban said.
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