ELKO — KRJC is gearing up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a patriotic twist.
This year’s celebration is entitled “Proud to be Part of America.”
“We wanted to show we are proud to be a part of this country and contribute to this country,” said Pedro Marin, event coordinator. “We are, at the end of the day, American and we think it’s great we are in a country where we can celebrate our culture from different countries.”
Cinco de Mayo events begin with a parade at 11 a.m. Saturday. The POW/MIA Elko Awareness Association will lead the parade through downtown Elko, as well as conduct a flag presentation.
As a way to celebrate and emphasize patriotism during the Cinco de Mayo event, KRJC named Lance Cpl. Raul S. Bravo as the grand marshal. Bravo was Elko’s first and only casualty of the current U.S. conflict.
Marin said Bravo’s family is traveling to Elko from Las Vegas to take part in the parade. Photographer Gene Russell is donating his time and resources to create Bravo’s float. There will also be music.
So far, there are about 15 parade entries. Individuals or groups can also sign up the day of the parade. There is no entry fee.
Following the parade, the celebration continues at Main City Park. Attendees can purchase traditional Mexican food while watching demonstrations.
Demonstrations include performances by the Elko Mexican Folkloric Ballet and the Elko Charros.
All are welcome to attend the events at the park, which are free of charge.
There is also a Cinco de Mayo dance from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. the same day at the Igloo Recreation Center. The cost is $30 per person and $50 per couple.
The featured band is Banda Sinaloense La Orgullosa, as well as Ricardo Y Sus Chacas.
Proceeds benefit the nonprofit organization the Mexican Club of Northeastern Nevada.
For information on the event or to pre-register to participate in the parade, call Marin at 934-7435.
By Danielle Switalski