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CINCO ON DOS CINCO: OKC’s Hispanic heart, soul celebrates Cinco de Mayo in Capitol Hill

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OKLAHOMA CITY—As many area districts continue to appropriate the Mexican-based celebration of Cinco de Mayo—the annual remembrance of the day Mexican forces overtook the massive French Army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862—the holiday’s true heart and soul continues to beat in the traditionally Hispanic area of Oklahoma City known as Capitol Hill.

The event has become recently revitalized through the efforts of the Historic Capitol Hill Board of Directors and grown into a seminal city favorite, offering the populace a chance to experience all the culture that the area has to offer, from food and drink to music to dance in a family-friendly atmosphere that is as fiesta-driven as it is historically significant, and, as Latinos face new battles in this country, socially relevant.

The 3rd Annual Cinco de Mayo en Calle Dos Cinco street festival will be from 6-9 p.m. on May 5 in the heart of the Capitol Hill commercial area at 225 SW 25th, between Harvey and Robinson Avenue.

The inclusive all-age programs will open with a Traditional Mexican Dress Show, featuring girls and

boys of all ages proudly displaying their cultural pride via a showcase of traditional costumes. Kids can also enjoy making crafts with the OKC Girls Art School and participate in fun activities provided by Party Galaxy and the Oklahoma National Guard.

The much-lauded entertainment for the evening will include authentic folkloric dance performances by Ballet Folklorico Xochipilli, with live music by area hot ticket Los Juliones Norteño Banda. DJ Sal will keep the party going on the wheels of steel with a rhythmic playlist designed to have festivalgoers dancing in the streets.

It wouldn’t be a Calle Dos Cinco party without a wide array of mouthwatering eats. Taco Box will be providing street tacos and Dawgy Wagon will handle the franks and cheesesteaks, with an ample amount of sweet treats of all varieties provided by Churros Meoqui, Gourmet Smokehouse and Upbeat Treats. For the adults, ice-cold margaritas by Medio Tiempo Bar & Grill will be made available.

Perhaps the most talked-about event happening at this year’s Cinco de Mayo, however, is the inaugural Salsa Tasting Competition, featuring locals from all over the metro seeking the top honors in categories such as “Salsa Mas Picante” (best heat), “Salsa Mas Sabrosa” (best flavor) and “Spirit de la Fiesta” for best overall presentation.

For those interested in participating, if you think you got the “hot stuff,” teams or individuals can submit their favorite recipe with a $20 entry fee to be judged by a panel, as well as by attendees who pay $1 to vote for their favorite tastes, with all proceeds benefiting the Latino Community Development Agency.

This Cinco de Mayo, there will be plenty of local celebrations to choose from, but there is only one original fiesta in Oklahoma City and that is the fun, pride-filled evening that is Cinco de Mayo en Calle Dos Cinco.

If you have a traditional outfit you would like to showcase, or if you're interested in entering the Salsa Tasting Contest, call 405-632-0133 for more info.

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