Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 2013

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The Athens community will celebrate the joint heritage of Texas and Mexico with a day of dance, food and fishing at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center on Saturday, May 4.

The event will feature performances of traditional Mexican dances in the Hart-Morris Conservation Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center will present a hawks and owls show at 1 p.m. Athens area restaurants will compete in a salsa contest, which will be judged at 2:30 p.m.

All Cinco de Mayo activities are included with regular admission to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.

Highlights are the dance performances by Tyler Ballet Folklorico, Athens area elementary students and Las Tapatias, Athens' own folkloric dance group.

The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center will do walk-around displays of birds including owls and hawks throughout the day. Visitors will be able to see the birds at close range and learn about their abilities and habits.

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the joint heritage and history of Texas and Mexico. It honors an important victory of the Mexican army, led by Texas native Ignacio Zaragoza, over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The victory helped preserve Mexican independence.

Schedule of Events

11:30 a.m. Tyler Ballet Folklorico adult dance performance

12 p.m. Dance performances by Athens ISD students and Las Tapatias

12:30 p.m. Tyler Ballet Folklorico children's dance performance

1 p.m. Blackland Raptor Center Hawks and Owls presentation

1:30 p.m. Athens ISD students dance performance

2 p.m. Tyler Ballet Folklorico regional dance performance

2:30 p.m. Salsa contest judging and Las Tapatias dance performance

Please click here to read TFFC's latest press release.

  • Fishing
  • Food
  • Hatchery
  • Museum
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms

Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 2013

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Adults: $5.50

Seniors (65 and above): $4.50

Children (ages 4 - 12): $3.50


Sat May 4, 2013 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


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Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

5550 FM 2495

Athens, TX, 75752

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