Cinco_2016 (88)The 2016 Wells Fargo Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, held May 7 in Falls Park, was a fabulous day for the entire family. An estimated 9,000 people enjoyed the festive day celebrating in the park while supporting Caminando Juntos, the Presentation Sisters’ Latino ministry in Sioux Falls. View photo gallery here.

Cinco de Mayo is a family event that brings together the business and civic community of Sioux Falls and the surrounding area to recognize, appreciate and celebrate the cultural gifts and heritage of the Latino people in our midst.

Wonderful smells and tastes of the authentic Latino food vendors filled the air with tacos, burritos, pupusas, nachos and so much more. Several other craft and information booths were also enjoyed by many. Once again, the Wells Fargo Kid’s Zone was a huge attraction. Families gathered with joy to take part in the piñatas, inflatables, airbrush tattoos, a photo booth and painting with Hector Curriel.

The 2nd annual Chihuahua Fashion Show, sponsored by Carl V. Carlson Company and Cemcast, was another huge hit this year with 17 dogs Cinco_2016 (218)competing in six categories including best dressed girl, best dressed boy, best mutt strut, most creative, best duo and crowd favorite.

Entertainment, sponsored by Avera Health, is a big part of the celebration. We welcomed back Mayor Mike Huether to read the proclamation to open the fiesta.

Rumba Tempo, Mariachi Nuevo Guachinango, La Exclusiva Banda Trancazitos entertained the crowd with their energetic sounds throughout the day! Also, new to the Fiesta this year was Hoop the Fair from Sioux City.

Proceeds from the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta benefit Caminando Juntos, an outreach ministry with the Latino population in the Sioux Falls area, sponsored by the Aberdeen Presentation Sisters. The primary purpose of the ministry is to help create a welcoming presence and to respond to the needs of Latino immigrants as they seek to make a home and become a part of Sioux Falls and surrounding communities.

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