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In some parts of Mexico, the fifth of May is a special day. Cinco de Mayo is less than a month away, a holiday that many Mexicans and Americans celebrate. For those in Springfield, ArtsFiesta is an authentic option to take part in the festivities. KSMU’s Benjamin Fry reports on what’s unique about this year’s event.
For the last five years, the Springfield Sister Cities Association has hosted Arts Fiesta, a celebration held the Friday before Cinco de Mayo during the First Friday Art Walk.
Sister Cities Coordinator Cindy Jobe explains why she thinks the event has grown in popularity over the years.
“I really think it’s just the music part of it, the Mariachi part of it, and celebrating the idea of Mexican and American culture kind of coming together as one,” Jobe said.
But there’s something different about this year’s fiesta; the Mariachi band is all female.
The group Mariachi Femenil Nuevo Tecalitlan hails from Tlaquepaque, Mexico, which is Springfield’s sister city.
“They are a full-time put together professional group,” Jobe said.
Jobe says Artsfiesta isn’t the only chance those in Springfield have to see the band while they are here.
“We’ll be performing at five elementary schools, and then also at OTC, Missouri State, and Drury,” Jobe said.
As for ArtsFiesta, Jobe expects record turnout.
Authentic Mexican food will be provided by area Mexican restaurants and there will also be cotton candy and games for the kids as well as dancing by Grupo Latino Americano.
Admission is 3 dollars for adults and children younger than 10 get in free.
Arts Fiesta will be on Friday, May first from 6 to 10 pm at Founder’s Park in downtown Springfield.
For KSMU News, I’m Benjamin Fry.