PORTLAND, Ore., April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association announces their 33rd Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Oregon's largest multicultural festival, Friday, May 5th through Sunday, May 7th at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Oregon. This year's festival, presented by Providence Health & Services, is the primary fundraiser for PGSCA's charitable activities and will feature fun for all ages, including live musical performances, authentic food, and carnival rides.
Attracting thousands, the Portland Cinco de Mayo Fiesta strives for authenticity by flying in the renowned Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara as well as artisans from Jalisco, Mexico, whom will showcase their handmade crafts and artwork. Joining the Mariachi will be Oregon's own Ballet Folkórico Mexico en La Piel, whose dancers perform traditional Mexican dances that come to life in an exuberant swirl of color and movement.
Gates open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily and admission includes live concerts by internationally-renowned artists, special events such as amateur boxing from Rip City Boxing, a Lotería booth with prizes awarded throughout the day, and a kid-friendly Plaza de Niños with crafts and free face painting. Admission is $10 for adults and kids 13 and over; $6 for kids ages 6-13, $6 for seniors 62 and over; and kids under 6 enter free, compliments of the Portland Development Commission.
When asked what he most looks forward to at this year's Fiesta, Antonio Carrillo, PGSCA president says, "I am excited to once again celebrate the richness and culture that our sister city has brought to Portland for 33 years. My favorite event continues to be our Naturalization Ceremony taking place on Friday, May 5th. As an annual tradition, we work with the USCIS to host a beautiful ceremony where over 50 new U.S. citizens from up to 40 different countries come together to take their Oath of Allegiance." Visit www.cincodemayo.org for more information.
About Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association
PGSCA, the second oldest of Portland's sister city associations, is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 1983 and functions through international grassroots and community initiatives that benefit citizens of both Portland, Oregon and Guadalajara, Mexico. This is accomplished through the promotion of arts and culture, humanitarian assistance, youth and education, and economic development, all while fostering cross-cultural understanding between the two cities. To learn more visit www.pgsca.com.
SOURCE Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association