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Liberal celebrates Cinco de Mayo

After SCCC's graduation, community continues the festivities

May 8, 2018

Cinco de Mayo festivities took place all weekend surrounding the Mexican-American celebration of culture on May 5. Dancers greeted those emptying out of the Green House after SCCC’s graduation ceremony with a fiesta atmosphere at the reception. The celebration continued Saturday and Sunday with a Cinco de Mayo parade and activities at the fairgrounds.

Rubi Gallegos
El Grupo de Danza Ballet Folklórico Omawari de Delicias Chihuahua performs on May 5 in the community center. The women swirl while balancing glasses of water on their heads. Not a single drop was spilled. It’s the second time they have come to Liberal to perform traditional dance as part of Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

Rubi Gallegos
A member of El Grupo de Danza Ballet Folklórico Omawari de Delicias Chihuahua twirls in circles while balancing an object on her head. The weekend-long Cinco de Mayo celebration, May 3-5, included a queen and princess competition, Seward County Community College’s graduation, a Cinco de Mayo parade, food, eating contests and traditional dancing.

Rubi Gallegos
Traditional dancing takes center stage at the Cinco de Mayo celebration May 5. El Grupo de Danza Ballet Folklórico Omawari de Delicias Chihuahua promenade across the dance floor as their names are announced at the end of the performance.

Rubi Gallegos
El Grupo de Danza Ballet Folklórico Omawari de Delicias Chihuahua. It’s a second time they came to Liberal to perform some of their traditional culture.

Rubi Gallegos
“Jalapeno Contest”
The five participants had three minutes to finish all the jalapenos.

Rubi Gallelgos
There was a chance for people to sing. Karla Orozco is a 14 years old from Liberal that was brave to sing in front of all people.

Rubi Gallegos
Luis Vasquez wins first place in the jalapeno eating contest and received $100.

2018 Miss Cinco de Mayo Amy Zeledon and Ballet Folklorico Omawari have a great time at Seward County Active Center on May 6. Zeledon spent most of her evening posing for pictures with people.

About the Contributor
Rubi Gallegos, Photo Editor
Margarita “Rubi” Gallegos is a freshman majoring in Digital Photography. She was born in Tierra Blanca, Guanajuato, Mexico and has lived in Liberal for 14 years. She graduated from Liberal High School. Her favorite things to do include spending time with family and hanging out with friends.
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