Latinx Flint NEWS

Cinco de Mayo 2024

By Asa Zuccaro | Latinx Flint Media

Culturas del Sol folkloric dancer performers on stage for event attendees at Flint & Genesee County’s Premier Cinco de Mayo Celebration.

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FLINT, MI – On Saturday, May 4, 2024 the Latinx Technology & Community Center hosted Flint & Genesee County’s Premier Cinco de Mayo Celebration. Community members throughout Mid-Michigan arrived at Brush Park in anticipation to have some great family fun and enjoy great music for Cinco de Mayo. 

This community event highlights the diverse richness of Mexican culture and the lasting impact Latino’s have made both locally and throughout the United States. Cultural dance performances from local youth cultural arts program “Culturals del Sol” captured audiences bringing smiles to faces and pride to their communities. The event featured “Los G Notes”, out of the Great Lakes Bay Region, playing cumbia music that encouraged event goers to the front of the dance floor and to have some fun partaking in the culture. DJ Mix Masta Mas kept the energy alive with fun essentials that kept the crowd dancing all evening. 

Event goers got an alley’s length worth of food options from local restaurants and businesses; chowing down on delicious tacos from Tlahcos Taco’s or Gordo & Flaco’s Food Truck to Cuban pizza from Suso’s or mouth watering arepas from I Love Pig. The kids and youth got their fair share of sugar rushes from Sunny’s Sweets & Treats and Sugar Shack. If that didn’t fill them up, they had many other options for food vendors from all across Latin America from Cuba, to Mexico, to Venezuela, and beyond. 

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Attractions filled Brush Park with event goers trying their best to hold on to the mechanical bull, reaching for the stars on the dual jumpers trampolines, and feeling the wind in their hair as they went down the jumbo slide. If kids found themselves out of breath and needing a break, many found fun activities in the Kids Zone. Led by Latinx’s own Program Coordinator, she made sure the kids had fun with pinatas, making masks, decorating themselves with temporary tattoos, and a lot more!

A big and thankful shout out to volunteers, staff, board members, the planning committee, the City of Flint, Uptown Reinvestment Corporation, the Flint Fire Department, the Flint Police Department, the University of Michigan-Flint Police Department, and all of the vendors. We would also like to recognize and thank all of our sponsors, which included the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Dort Financial Credit Union, the Greater Flint Arts Council, Mott Community College, Sedgwick & Ferweda Architects, Siwek Construction, and the University of Michigan-Flint. Without our sponsors, this event would not have been possible.