Celebrate Cinco De Mayo!

Approximately 1,000 people attended the second annual Cinco de Mayo celebration held Sunday, May 4, at Hill Park.

Independence Mayor Eileen Weir greets the group

Independence Mayor Eileen Weir greets the group

Those attending enjoy fun family activities, free food, and live entertainment. The Hispanic population has been growing steadily in the western Independence and northeast Kansas City region for several years.

New Independence mayor Eileen Weir and Sugar Creek mayor Matt Mallinson both welcomed the attendees.

The entertainment will include Independence high school students, the Mexican Hat dance, Venezuelan dances, Spanish classical guitar music and singing and more.

Representatives from over 20 local organizations will be available to engage with residents while 14 musical acts perform throughout the day. Everyone is invited to enjoy free tacos.

Organizing this celebration is recognition of this trend and an effort to reach out to families where they live, work, and go to school. The groups organizing the event include the Local Investment Commission, the Northwest CDC and the two public library system serving Independence.