Woodburn celebrates its 13th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration for three days May 4-6

CHEMEKETA COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Woodburn Cinco de MayoCinco de Mayo celebrations this year open with a performance by Nellie Muir Elementary School teachers and students and Woodburn High School Mariachi Friday morning, May 4.

Chemeketa Community College's Woodburn campus presents the festival for its 13th year, with folk dances, live music, food and family activities each day from Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6. Admission is free.

The opening ceremony will be emceed by Efrain Alonso and Jasmine Benevides. Alonso, administrative assistant at Chemeketa Community College Woodburn campus, said the college wants to highlight how the community makes the celebration possible.

"We like to reach out to our community and we have lots of involvement," Alonso said.

Several Woodburn bands will be performing during the festivities including the Woodburn High School band Imparable, and local bands Amuleto de Oaxaca and La Venenosa Banda Viper.

Cinco de Mayo will also feature folkloric dances by groups such as Danza de los Diablos, from Santiago Juxtlahuaca, Mexico and a performance of a traditional indigenous dance by Woodburn's Grupo Purepecha.

Former Mexican Football League players José Antonio "Gringo" Castro, Andrés Chitiva and José de Jesús "Chuy" Mendoza will appear as special guests at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Chemeketa's Cinco de Mayo celebration is sponsored by U.S. Bank, Salud Medical Center, Wave Broadband, U.S. Coast Guard, Pacific University, Kaiser Permanente, Oregon Health Insurance Market, Salem Health Hospitals and Clinics, Marion County Health Department and Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce.

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