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Langley celebrates Cinco de Mayo

April 30 Mexican celebration a fundraiser for upcoming International Festival
John Gordon 2010-08-26 Langley International Festival
Mexican dancers perform at last year’s International Festival. On April 30, organizers present Cinco de Mayo, a fundraiser for the 2011 International Festival.

Filled with bright colours, dancing and lively music, the Cinco de Mayo celebration is a fun community event to celebrate Mexican pride and history.

Langley’s second annual Cinco de Mayo celebration will take place on Saturday, April 30 at the Douglas Park Recreation Centre, 20550 Douglas Cres., from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., to raise funds for the Langley International Festival in August.

The event will commemorate the fifth of May with a live, two-hour performance by the Mariachi Los Dorados band, with dancing by Maria Hillmer’s Mexico Vivo Dancers. The band will play traditional music while the Vivo Dancers perform some of Mexico’s folklore dances to honour the traditions of Mexican culture.

DJ Chico Grande will provide music after the show and people are encouraged to dance all night.

Authentic Mexican food and refreshments will be served. There will also be door prizes, games and a 50-50 draw.

Organizer Maria Hillmer said that this year they hope to have 200 people at the event, 100 more than last year. Tickets are $20 per person, and can be purchased online at or for $25 at the door.

For more info about the Cinco de Mayo celebration, visit the website or call Hillmer at 604-530-7417 or Shar Dubas at 604-312-8487.