Wednesday April 29, 2009
The most prominent feature of VIVA! Cinco de Mayo is the OFFICIAL STATE-WIDE MENUDO COOK-OFF. Competitors from throughout the State of Texas venture to San Marcos to prepare "their" winning versions of an age-old traditional, Mexican dish - MENUDO. Each team participating has hopes of being awarded the title of "BEST MENUDO IN THE STATE OF TEXAS". A title, however is not all that is awarded. To the top three bowls, various trophies and cash prizes are also awarded.
Menudo is not the only thing that gets judged at VIVA! Cinco de Mayo. Menudo teams also have the option of entering a second competition for the Showmanship Awards. This part of the cook-off is judged solely upon a team's creativity and team spirit. The top team will be awarded a trophy and a cash prize.
The downtown Parade is a VIVA! Cinco de Mayo favorite. Held downtown in the beautiful historical district of San Marcos, the parade features entries from around the state and the San Marcos area. Beautiful floats, marching bands and an array of decorated vehicles are just some of the entries.
Other events which occur during this festive occasion are the Little Miss Cinco de Mayo pageant and the Miss Cinco de Mayo pageant. In the spirit of competition, these contestants hope to win the privilege of representing LULAC and the VIVA! Cinco de Mayo Celebration. Intelligence, charisma, poise, and charm are all qualities that could make any girl and lady a fine candidate for these competitions. Miss Cinco de Mayo and her court receive scholarships to go toward their pursuit of higher education.
The Children of San Marcos also participate in the VIVA! Cinco de Mayo Celebration. The Folklorico Dancers put on performances that will not be forgotten. Their performances range from old, traditional dances to modern, up-to-date dances.
During the evening, the festivities continue. For three consecutive nights, the Hays County Civic Center is filled with the rich sounds of Tejano and Mariachi music. Artists as popular as El Grupo Mazz, Emilio Navaira, and the late Selena have all performed at VIVA! Cinco de Mayo.
Write or call:
VIVA! Cinco de
P.O. Box 953
San Marcos, Texas 78667-0953
Fax: (512) 396-5829