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Cinco de Mayo events planned around Wichita this weekend

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 3:58 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo: That once-a-year excuse for people of all backgrounds to eat tacos, wear sombreros and drink margaritas till it’s Seis de Mayo.

This year, the holiday — a celebration of Mexican heritage — is Sunday, and it will be marked by several fiestas around town. Following is a list of some of them.

Sedgwick County Zoo

The annual Cinco de Mayo party at the zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd., will last from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday and will include Mexican food vendors, live music and more. Among the bands scheduled to perform are La Tropa Vallenata, Vizzio, Novillos Musical, Tornado Musical and DJ Tino Morales.

Mexican food vendors also will be there to sell their specialties. Among the several vendors will be El Pollo Dorado and Lalos Express.

Last year’s event drew a crowd of more than 5,500.

Admission is regular zoo admission: $13.95 for adults, $8.95 for children ages 3 to 11; free for ages 2 and under and for members.

For more information, visit www.scz.org.

Nomar International Marketplace

This is the third year for the festival at the marketplace, which sits at 21st and Broadway. Put on by the Nomar Community Development Group, it will last from 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday and will feature children’s activities, folkloric dancers and live music. From 7 to 11 p.m., Imperio Del Sur will perform.

Mexican food vendors also will be there, and the event will include a jalapeno-eating contest. Beer and margaritas will be sold throughout the day.

Admission to the event is free.

South YMCA

This is the YMCA’s first year to put on a Cinco de Mayo party, and it’s open to everyone — not just members. The free community event will last from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Farha Sport Center at the South YMCA, 3405 S Meridian. It will include music by La Banda Irresistible, food vendors, mariachi music, folkloric dancing, a Zumba demonstration, face painting, inflatables, pinatas and a jalapeno-eating contest. It also will have several Mexican food vendors, including Paleteria La Reyna and Super Tortas La Tia, on site selling their food. For more information, visit ymcawichita.org.

Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church

The church at 1600 W. 27th St. North will put on an outdoor bilingual worship at 10:45 a.m. Sunday followed by a Cinco de Mayo Festival from noon to 3 p.m. Activities include a make-your-own taco bar, picture booth, crafts, games and cotton candy. The church will have separate pinatas for children and adults and encourages attendees to bring a blanket or chair. For more information, call 316-559-4459.

Reach Denise Neil at 316-268-6327 or dneil@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter (@DeniseNeil) and check out her blog at blogs.kansas.com/dining.

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