Little Rock Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Cinco de Mayo

The local chapter of the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will be holding its 15TH Annual LULAC Cinco de Mayo 2013 on Saturday, May 4th on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. The event, which is being billed as the largest showcase of Hispanic culture in Arkansas, is expected to draw up to 10,000 people.

Admission and parking for the event will be free. Activities will include traditional and contemporary Hispanic music and entertainment, an array of food vendors, children’s rides and games, and lessons and games in tennis, golf and soccer.

Proceeds from the event will help fund scholarships that are given annually by LULAC to qualified Hispanic/Latino students from Arkansas who are enrolled or are planning to attend an accredited college, university or vocational school. Contributions from these institutions or their employees to the LULAC scholarship fund will be matched by the national organization and will be applied directly to scholarships at those schools.  

LULAC’s Hispanic scholarship program is the oldest one of its kind nationally. Last year, more than $20,000 was awarded to 19 students attending schools in Arkansas. The deadline this year for the scholarship application has passed. The program site has information about eligibility requirements and the application process for those interested in applying for next year.

For more information about event sponsorships, contact Terry Trevino-Richard at (501) 551-4456 or Committee Chairperson Maura Lozano at (501) 563-9961. The deadline for sponsorships is April 19. 

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in parts of Mexico and U.S. cities with large populations of people of Mexican heritage. It commemorates the victory of Mexican resistance fighters over French invaders at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, in which the French were turned back in their attempt to take over Mexico City and install a cousin of Napoleon as ruler. The next year with more troops the French were victorious, but were overthrown in 1867. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, as is commonly thought. That is September 16.