Cinco de Mayo parade begins 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 3 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Cinco de Mayo parade begins 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 3

Provided by Cinco de Mayo Commemoration Committee

LUBBOCK, TEXAS - For the second year, Lubbock will hold a Cinco de Mayo parade on Saturday, May 3, 2014, to commemorate the historical observance. The parade was restored in Lubbock after a 30 year absence.

"'We Are Lubbock' is this year's theme and a reminder to the Hispanic community to get involved, and the community to engage the thriving populations now almost 37% of Lubbock," announced Christy Martinez-Garcia, parade organizer.

"While we (Hispanics) share our culture and heritage, our language, we have many differences, but it is these differences that have allowed us to become a growing population that many are taking note of. We also strive to be a part of the community, and hope to engage the general public," she said.

Martinez-Garcia added that this is a collective effort of various groups including St. Joseph's Church who is celebrating 90 years established in Lubbock - the first Catholic church in Lubbock, as well as many student and church organizations, with support by Hispanic media including Latino Lubbock Magazine, Magic 93.7, Power 106, Telemundo, West Texas Hispanic News, Univision, El Editor, and Radio Tri-Color - to bring awareness about the parade. The City of Lubbock is also sponsoring the event.

"We invite all sectors of the public to join us as participants, as spectators, as businesses wanting to foster a relationship with this demographic, and as supporters."

The local parade will kick off celebrations scheduled all over Lubbock and West Texas. The holiday, which has evolved in the U.S., has become a celebration of Mexican heritage that has grown in popularity over the years with many events across the country to mark the occasion.

And, contrary to what many believe, Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) is not a celebration of Mexican independence. In fact, it's a commemoration of the Battle of the Puebla, where Mexican forces soundly defeated a much larger French battalion in 1861, fighting to retain their independence from the French government.

Applications for parade entries and floats, can be picked up at the Latino Lubbock Magazine office at 2207 University, or requested by email at christymartinez@suddenlink.net. The parade is scheduled Saturday, May 3rd. Set up time is at 9 a.m., and will commence at 10 a.m.

The parade route begins at First Baptist Church at Broadway and Avenue W, moves east on Broadway to Avenue M, then north on Ave. M to Lubbock Memorial Civic Center parking lot. For more info call 792-1212.

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