Carnival opens Friday at Butte Park


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Organizers are gearing up for twice the merriment Saturday and Sunday as Hermiston’s Cinco de Mayo celebration expands to two days.

People can register for the parade Saturday between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oxbow Trail, located at 11th Street and West Elm Avenue. The parade will get rolling at 1 p.m., traveling east on Elm Avenue. It will head to Butte Park, 1245 N.W. Seventh St., the site of the event.

Cinco de Mayo committee chairwoman Clara Beas Fitzgerald invites people to dress their pets up in costumes for the parade — prizes will be awarded for the top entries. In addition, kids can decorate their bikes and other community members are encouraged to get creative and join the parade.

Beas Fitzgerald said the parade’s grand marshal is Francisco Maass, Oregon’s Mexican consul general. He will speak Saturday at approximately 2 p.m.

“He will dedicate the ceremonies,” she said.

Natali Armenta, Daisy Cardenas and Jaleslie Torres, who were recently elected as the Cinco de Mayo royalty court, also will be introduced. The trio of young ladies were chosen from a public vote on the event’s Facebook page. Armenia is Señorita Hermiston Cinco de Mayo 2017, while Cardenas was chosen as Miss Photogenic and Torres was designated as Miss Charisma.

Also, for a chance to cruise home in a 2012 Dodge Charger, be sure to pick up a free entry form by Friday and deposit it at Fiesta Foods, 1875 N. First St., Hermiston. The drawing will be held Saturday night at 8 p.m.

Beas Fitzgerald said the vehicle, which is valued at approximately $12,000, is being provided by Prestige Motors of Pasco. Entry forms will not be available at the Cinco de Mayo celebration, she said.

Also, the carnival will offer pre-event fun when it opens Friday from noon to 10 p.m., said Larry Fetter, Hermiston Parks & Recreation director. Presented by Rainier Amusements, it features rides, games and food booths. It also runs Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. Fetter said wristbands can be purchased for $20 at Fiesta Foods.

After Saturday’s official opening ceremonies, the Aztec Dancers will perform, followed by a dancing horse competition from 2:30-4 p.m. Food vendors will be plentiful at the park, Beas Fitzgerald said. The evening will crescendo with DJ music and dancing. A fireworks show, Fetter said, will fill the sky at 9:30 p.m.

Beas Fitzgerald said Sunday provides a full afternoon and evening of live entertainment, including the Mariachi Los Temerosos, Ballet Folkloric, Arkangel R-15, Band Koritas Musical, Inizzio Norten and Conquistadores 5.

“There will be lots of music,” Beas Fitzgerald said. “These are big bands playing until 8 p.m.”

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