May 022004
 
Authors: Danielle Rubio

Old Town came alive Saturday for the Cinco De Mayo Fiesta.

People crowded around the square to listen to live music and

visit various vendors lining the street. The day provided visitors

the opportunity to learn about Hispanic culture.

“It’s a good chance to celebrate community and diversity,” said

Deborah Bueno, recreation supervisor for the Northside Aztlan

Community Center. “It represents how far we have come and how we

will overcome any obstacles that may stand in our way.”

Besides the Northern Azltan Community Center, many sponsors

helped bring the event together, including CSU.

The fiesta catered to a demographic of both children and adults.

Youth packed into the front rows to listen to music that is not

often heard in Old Town.

For some, the fiesta was a multicultural celebration.

“Today was a good turn out. It’s important to celebrate other

cultures,” said 13-year-old Cristina Salazar.

Restaurants came out to sell food, while other businesses sold

jewelry and hammocks. Visitors also had their futures read at a

palm-reading and tarot-card booth.

The bands kept the crowd moving, and the interaction between the

crowd and the bands was evident. After performing, the bands signed

posters and T-shirts.

“Today was a great success. The crowd was excellent,” said

Loretta Maito, the manager of the band Las Floricitas con Grupo

Estyle.

Old Town was filled with the aroma of tacos, chili and burritos.

Several traditional Mexican dishes were served, including tamales

and chile rellenos. Visitors could taste Mexican sodas and candy

provided by Las Delicias.

With several other Cinco de Mayo celebrations taking place

around the state, Fort Collins provided an opportunity for the

locals to join in the festivities without having to go far.

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