The Downtown Scottsbluff Association and the City of Scottsbluff will host a Cinco de Mayo Celebration in the Plaza on Wednesday, May 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.
“This is just another way for us to showcase our heritage and talent in western Nebraska,” said Starr Lehl, economic development director for the City of Scottsbluff. “We’re going to have food trucks there, so come on down and have some great food. It’s just going to be a great family event.”
The evening will include Mexican music and Los Guadalupaños, who will perform at the event.
“We’ll be doing dances from the region of Jalisco, Chihuahua, and also Michoacán,” said Mary Ann Shockley, director of Los Guadalupaños. “WNCC (Western Nebraska Community College) will be bringing in our boards, so we can dance on wood, rather than sidewalk and cement.”
The youth group will also host many of the kid’s activities, including games, a piñata break, face painting, Loteria (Mexican Bingo), and candy skull painting. All proceeds from the games will go toward scholarships for the Cinco de Mayo king and queen pageant. Two local bands, Animo Norte and Los Peladitos de Durango also will perform.
Rosita’s Trokita, Taco La Sultana, Sweet V’s, and Lemon Love will have food and beverages available for purchase. Rosita’s margaritas and Flyover Brewery jalapeno beer will be available to adults over 21 years of age with valid identification.
The winning local restaurant of the “2021 Best of the West Taco” will be announced. A large traveling trophy will be awarded to the winner to display in their business until the 2022 Cinco de Mayo Celebration in the Plaza.
“We also got permission to block off Broadway between 18th and 19th Streets to make room for a car show,” said Lehl.
Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite car, and a “People’s Choice” trophy will be awarded to the winner.
Cinco de Mayo festivities continue on Saturday, May 8, with the Grand Marshall Presentation and parade down East Overland in Scottsbluff beginning at 10 a.m., followed by food and entertainment at the Guadalupe Center in Scottsbluff.
Lehl said they have several sponsors who have made the Downtown event free to the public: Paul Reed Construction, MC Schaff Family of Companies, Infinity Construction, Floyd’s Truck Center, Baker and Associates, Essential Fuels.