It’s Cinco de Mayo time in Waxahachie. The annual hosted by the Ellis County Hispanic Organization kicked off Friday evening with a block party and continues Saturday, from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. in downtown Waxahachie.
The festival is a celebration of Hispanic culture and heritage and features live music, a fun zone for children, delicious Mexican food, beer, traditional folkloric dancing and lots of fun for the entire family.
This year’s festival again features folklorico dancers. Baile Folklórico, literally “folkloric dance” in Spanish, is a collective term for traditional Latin American dances that emphasize local folk culture with ballet characteristics. Matachines dancers also will be a part of the entertainment lineup. Matachines are a society of North and South American-Indian dancers who perform ritual dances. They are found from Peru up to northern New Mexico, where the Spanish first influenced the New World and introduced Christianity to the native peoples.
Each year, the festival also invites modified/show cars to the square to showcase their uniqueness in the car show, which features everything from low-riders to classic muscle cars. The cars arrive by 11 a.m. and are on display until about 4 p.m.
This year’s musical entertainment lineup includes: Abraxas, a Carlos Santana cover band; Mariachi Real de Alvarez, a Mariachi band; Groupo Pression, a Tejano band; and DJs Puro Party Productions.
Michelle Yvette Lares, best known as Shelly Lares, is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and percussionist who will perform from 7-8 p.m. Starting in 1984, Lares was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year for 13 consecutive years and has won several Tejano Music Awards.
Performing from 9:15-11 p.m. is Jay Perez, an American Tejano musician known for his mixing of rhythm and blues with traditional Tejano music. Initially a drummer for Mysterio Band with Albert Castaneda, he became a leading vocalist for Latin Breed and David Lee Garza y los Musicales. Perez began a solo career in the early 1990 and has released several solo albums. He has also won several Tejano Music Awards. To his fan base, he is known as “The Voice.”
For more information about the Ellis County Hispanic Organization, visit its website at www.elliscountyhispanicorg.com.