Mark your calendars for a Cinco de Mayo and May Pole celebration: Cinco de May Pole. We’re thrilled to host this joint celebration of cultures, representing a welcome to the season of warmth and Mexico’s victory at the Battle of Puebla. Gather your family and friends and join us for festivities in the sun.
Schedule of Events:
12PM-1PM Create your crown and ribbon wand
1PM Raising of the May Pole
1:30PM-4PM: May Pole Dances; Live Music by Silo
12-4PM: Sombrero’s Food Truck
Live Music by Silo
Silo is Fiona Balestrieri and Seth Swingle, two musicians entwined in the True Vine of traditional music from England, Ireland, West Africa and Appalachia. Curious and dedicated globally-minded musicians, they recombine the building blocks of these centuries-old musics in new ways, creating a sound that is both instantly recognizable and fresh to the ear. Influenced by everything from the Irish trad music explosion of the 1970’s to Malian kora music, solo ballads of the Ozarks to rollicking banjo showpieces, Silo has a unique take on the ongoing story of folk music. Fiddle, flute, banjo, voice and percussive dance combine for performances as wide as they are deep.
About The May Pole Celebration
While the origins of the May Pole celebrations are unknown, English historian Ronald Hutton concurs with Swedish scholar Carl Wilhelm von Sydow who stated that maypoles were erected "simply" as "signs that the happy season of warmth and comfort had returned." Their shape allowed for garlands to be hung from them and were first seen, at least in the British Isles, between AD 1350 and 1400 within the context of medieval Christian European culture.* Traditional celebrations take place around the world, typically the first of May (May Day), or in midsummer, and typically consist of music, dancing and feasting.
About Cinco de Mayo
An annual celebration held on May 5, observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. More popularly celebrated in the United States than Mexico, the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades or battle reenactments.*