Milton-Freewater’s Cinco de Mayo fest to run Friday, Saturday

Green in the midst of a flurry of color, dancers from the Ballet Folklorico move through the streets of Milton-Freewater during a parade in the city.  The Cinco de Mayo celebration will be Saturday and Sunday on North Main Street.

Green in the midst of a flurry of color, dancers from the Ballet Folklorico move through the streets of Milton-Freewater during a parade in the city. The Cinco de Mayo celebration will be Saturday and Sunday on North Main Street.

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MILTON-FREEWATER — Live music and a royal court will launch a two-day Cinco de Mayo celebration starting Friday.

It will be the second year the Milton-Freewater Downtown Aliance has organized a Cinco de Mayo festival.

The festivities will being with a concert at the Community Building, 109 NE Fifth Ave., 7 p.m. to midnight.

During the concert, three students from McLoughlin High School will be crowned and presented with scholarships.

Friday’s entertainers will include Banda la Lunera of Wenatchee, Wash.; cumbia musicians Tormenta de Durango; and DJ music by Sondo Show Quartero.

Saturday’s celebration this year will be in Freewater Park at N.E. 8th Avenue and Robbins Street. Last year it was held on Main Street.

“I think it will have more of a festival atmosphere and it will make sure that business can have their streets available for people to park along North Main,” Alliance program director Alina Launchbaugh said.

Activities begin at 8 a.m. with a fun run to support Guns and Hoses.

The annual Cinco de Mayo parade will start 10 a.m. at El Sombrero Restaurant and continue along N. Main ending at Freewater Park.

Festivities will continue until the 3:45 p.m. raffle drawing.

Saturday’s performers include Ballet Folklorico, singer Ligia Coria, Mesitzo Musical and Los Plegrosos.

Activities include karaoke, a salute to the flag and various contests.

Cost for the Friday concert is $15 adults, $10 students, 13 and under are free.

Tickets are available at the door or at Century 21 Seaquest Real Estate.

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