Posted: Monday, May 2, 2022. 10:42 am CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Corn Festival is coming back to San Ignacio/Santa Elena (SISE) and it is being paired with the celebration of Cinco de Mayo.
The initiative, which was led by community groups years prior, is being led this year by the SISE Town Council. The two-day event is being held on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, at the Cayo Welcome Center and along Burns Avenue. The Council said that the festival will feature live music, traditional Mexican food, and that it is working with the Mexican Embassy to bring in a group to share information about Mexico’s history.
Councilor Omar Rodriguez told Breaking Belize News that this is the first festival being led by this council and the second large event that comes without the stringent COVID measures that were lifted last month. Rodriguez said that attendees can expect a family-friendly fun event rich with colors and culture.
“In Belize, we have a legacy, a connection to Mexico. [Cinco de Mayo] is already observed in the northern part of the country and now we are bringing it to the Twin Towns,” Rodriguez said. “It is also a means of bringing economic promotion, help our vendors sell their products, and bring some life back to the Twin Towns.”
He noted that the event is being fully supported by the business community, and around 20 vendors have already expressed interest in having booths out at the event.
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated by Mexico in honor of the Мау 5, 1862, battle between Mexican forces and French invaders. Though outnumbered and facing an army that had gone 50 years without seeing defeat, the Mexican forces emerged victorious, exemplifying Mexican patriotism.
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