Everyone knows that if you want a party to be successful you have to plan in advance.

Most people will begin serious planning at least a few weeks in advance because they know there are numerous decisions that must be made — how many people to invite, what kind of food to serve, what kind of music to play, and numerous other details that must be finalized.

And when you are planning a countywide Cinco de Mayo celebration where everyone is invited to the party, then you better start the planning process months in advance.

The Umatilla County Cinco de Mayo Celebration Committee is doing just that.

At its second meeting Thursday, the group was busy defining what kind of events, what kind of stage, music, food, vendors and more should be at the celebration to honor the heritage and pride of the region’s Hispanic population.

Everyone agreed, the city-sponsored event will kick-off with a parade down Main Street in Hermiston at 10 a.m. Saturday May 4.

“We want this event to be big and inclusive of the entire county. We are seeking input from residents who want to get involved in the planning stages and we welcome the input of ideas and effort to ensure we put on a successful event in Hermiston,” committee Chairman Eddie De La Cruz said.

Organizers are already talking about having dance competitions, a show and shine car and bike display, live music from a number of popular groups, concessions and a beer garden right on Main Street for the event that is planned to run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 4 in downtown Hermiston.

The committee is asking for volunteers to assist in the planning and production of the city-sponsored event and encourages interested persons to attend the next planning meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Hermiston City Hall.

For more information, contact De La Cruz at 541-701-4696 or Salvador Aguaya at 541-667-2073.

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