Inaugural Cinco de Mayo Fest debuts in Kenner’s Rivertown on Friday

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Families can add a new festival to their calendar this May, just in time for Cinco de Mayo festivities.

The inaugural Kenner Cinco de Mayo Fest, a free festival with bands, live dance performances, crafts and activities for the entire family, kicks off at Kenner Rivertown at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 4.

The festival was originally scheduled for Saturday, May 5. However, organizers decided to move the fest one day earlier due to weather concerns, instead making it a “kickoff to Cinco de Mayo.”

Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn said he conferred with city officials and decided to combine the Music in the Park event already scheduled for Friday evening with the inaugural Cinco de Mayo Fest that had been scheduled for Saturday in Laketown.

“The weather forecast doesn’t look very good for Saturday, and we really wanted to avoid having to cancel Cinco de Mayo,” Zahn said. “Now, we have an even bigger event and we eliminate conflicts with any other Cinco de Mayo celebrations.”

To accommodate the additional bands and the larger crowds expected in Rivertown, the free concert will be moved from Heritage Park to the large parking lot in the 400 block of Williams Boulevard where the Italian Heritage Festival was recently held. The previously scheduled Movies in the Park event for Saturday has been canceled, Zahn said.

Kenner mayor Ben Zahn said the new festival is a great way to provide residents and visitors with family-friendly entertainment at no cost while also showing off the Laketown area, situated on the Lake Pontchartrain shoreline.

“We are happy to add a spring festival to the lineup of attractions available year-round in our city,” Zahn said. “This is yet another great reason for people to choose Kenner as a place to live and to visit,” he said.

Several food vendors are set to participate including Arobee’s Kitchen, Chilangos Restaurant, Don Cruz Roasted Corn, Jalisco Restaurant, Pupuseria Lila, Q-Bana-So Grill, Rosa’s Cocina, Sabores de mi H (Honduras), Tango Grill Parrillada and Teetzy’s Tamales. Food and drinks and crafts will be available for sale.

The music lineup includes a performance by August Rush, 90 Degrees West, the La Tran K band and Jennie & The Jets.

Plus, kids can take part in the pounding of the piñata.

The festival is hosted by the city of Kenner and Celebración Hispana.

For more information about the event, contact the Kenner Parks and Recreation Department at 468-7211.

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