Three days of family-friendly events begin Thursday in downtown Waxahachie

Three days worth of Waxahachie Cinco de Mayo celebrations will kick off at 7 p.m. Thursday in Singleton Plaza, with a showing of the family film “The Book of Life,” the story of a young man deciding whether to follow his family’s expectations or chase after his heart.

The Ellis County Hispanic Organization is hosting the events to celebrate Mexico’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War, as well as Hispanic culture

Linda Alvarez, president of the Ellis County Hispanic Organization, said she wants to invite the public to come out and take part in this event. The festival will feature activities the entire family can enjoy.

“I just want people to come out and have some good family time. We just want the community come and sit, and enjoy and celebrate with us,” Alvarez said.

Then, on Friday night, families can join in a Cinco de Mayo block party.

Baraja De Oro will be playing, starting at 7 p.m. and there will be food trucks, she said.

“I know that we are having tacos and I think that we are having another one that is going to feature carnival food,” she said.

Near the stage, there will be an areas set up for dancing and beer will also be available for purchase.

The events start at 11 a.m. Saturday with the opportunity to enter into a salsa contest. Entries are dived into two areas, restaurant division and the amateur division. Entries have to be submitted to the Citizens National Bank table by 11 a.m. with the entry form, $10 entry fee and their entry inside a jar. Entry forms are available on the Ellis County Hispanic Organization’s website at Representatives from the Kip Fedora State Farm office will judge the entries. The first place winners from each division will be awarded a plaque for their winning entry.

The event will also feature a silent auction and raffle with items that have been donated from Roland’s Nursery in Waxahachie. Raffle tickets are $1 each. Those taking part in the silent auction and raffle tickets have to be present to win. Saturday also brings another chance for musical entertainment with groups like Made in Texas, Elysia Marie y Senal, David Mares and Ram Herra.

“We are just pumped. We have people coming in from San Antonio to come in to see them. Ram has been around for a very long time and is kind of more old school,” Alvarez said. “I am excited about this whole event. We are going to have great weather for it, too.”

Alvarez said there would be mariachi bands as well as forlkorico dancers from local elementary schools. Food will be available for purchase Saturday, but no alcohol will be sold. Anyone who wishes to bring in his or her own must purchase a wristband for $5. All proceeds from the celebration will benefit the Ellis County Hispanic Organization scholarship fund, which provides scholarships to two Ellis County graduating seniors.

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