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For the first time ever: Cinco de Mayo Festival will be celebrated at Santa Rosa’s Old Courthouse Square

Ricardo Ibarra
Written by Ricardo Ibarra

For the first time ever, the Roseland Cinco de Mayo Festival will be celebrated at Santa Rosa’s Old Courthouse Square after many years of it taking place Roseland, said one of the coordinators of the annual festivity, Sylvia Lemus.

Due to the start of construction work of what’s being known as the Roseland Village housing complex, temporary change is inevitable, Lemus said.

Authorities have already given a deadline to homeless residents living in tents at the extensive paved ground between Sebastopol Road and West Avenue to leave before the end of March.

“Our intent is to bring it back to Roseland,” Lemus said. “After this festival, we would love to find another Roseland location for next year. The site at Roseland Village will not be availalbe for two years, but our intent is to take it back after that.”

A short notice of the construction at the usual location gave little opportunity for the festival’s organizing committee to find available places in Roseland, Lemus said.

“We still don’t know if we will have our two stages as we always do, we hope to have enough space for that,” she said.

Some of the changes also imply a new program. “Because of the location, we are thinking more about a ‘tardeada,’ from noon to 5 or 6 in the afternoon. We are still working on setting a schedule.”

Lemus stressed that this festival will attract more people to the Old Courthouse Square than any other event organized on the site. “The most they’ve had in the place are 5,000 people. We are expecting around 10,000. We’ve had up to 12,000 attendees at Roseland!”

The challenge now lies on spreading the word that this year the celebration will be in downtown Santa Rosa and not in the usual location in Roseland, Lemus said.

Cinco de Mayo is not the celebration of the Mexico’s Independence, as many Americans might think. Cinco the Mayo commemorates the triumph of the Mexican army over French invaders in the well-known ‘Batalla de Puebla’ in the 19th century.

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Posted by La Prensa Sonoma on Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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