Fiestas Patrias of Austin presents the 11th annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta on May 7-8, 2016 at Fiesta Gardens Park. This City of Austin Park is located on the north shores of Lady Bird Lake east of I H 35. Commemorating Mexico’s victory from France in 1862, Fiestas Patrias of Austin invites the Austin community to the Cinco de Mayo fiesta to celebrate and recognize one of Mexico’s historical victories.
The fiesta will bring the Mexican and Mexican-American communities together as they celebrate the rich culture, heritage, and history of their Mexican ancestors who fought to retain their independence from the French government. The determination to succeed in protecting their freedom, liberty and independence from future foreign invasions demonstrated the willingness of the people to defend their country once again.
The tradition of Cinco de Mayo dates back to May 5, 1862 when the Mexican army led by General Ignacio Zaragosa led his smaller troop of soldiers in Puebla against the invading forces from France. This battle was part of a campaign by the French to install a European monarch led by Maximilian the archduke of Austria as emperor of Mexico. On May 5th, after an intense two hour battle the Mexican forces held their ground and the French army retreated.
However, the victory by Mexican army in this international conflict was just a minor set-back for the French who returned back in 1862 with a larger army and conquered the country of Mexico. The Battle of Puebla proved to be a significant victory to the Mexicans who fought in the battle. The valor of those who fought the battle demonstrates the commitment, devotion, and pride of all countrymen who had to live under French rule until 1867.
The two day event will feature a variety Tejano bands featuring Grupo Canonazo, Los Amigos A.S.G., Lisa Mar, Gilbert Alba and the Super City band, plus other bands. Conjunto bands will kick off the celebration of the 26th annual Johnny Degollado Conjunto festival. The music festival will bring the extraordinary sound of the accordion and bajo sexto guitar to life through various rhythms and beats. The unique sound of these musical groups using a variety of musical instruments along with the vocal, harmony of lead and backup singers brings the heart and soul of Tejanos to life on the stage at Fiesta Gardens.
Highlighting the one day an all-day accordion squeeze box fest are featured performers Conjunto Bara de Oro, Los Fantasmas del Valle, Flavio Longoria and the Conjunto Kingz, Texas Wranglers, Los Pinky’s and the legend Johnny Degollado y su Conjunto. This accordion music festival will have performances by many Conjunto bands from all over Texas.
Special thanks to our partners Encino Broadcasting, KTXZ 1560 AM, KOKE 1600 AM.
For more information on the musicians performing and performance times visit our web-site at http://www.cincodemayoaustin.com