Friday, May 5, 2006

Cinco de Mayo celebrations across Middle Tennessee

The Tennessean reports in this article about the transformation of Cinco de Mayo from a minor Mexican holiday into a major U.S. event that unites and embraces the various Latin American cultures.

A healthy crop of Cinco de Mayo events will dot Middle Tennessee this weekend. Area churches are part of the celebration, partnering with two of the three local Hispanic chambers of commerce.

Here is a sampling of this weekend's Cinco de Mayo events in and around Nashville:

Glendale Spanish Immersion School

Friday, May 5
5 - 8 pm
800 Thompson Ave.
Nashville, TN 37204
Admission is free
Ponies, games, ride, food and fun. There is also a silent auction highlighting children's art, and baskets filled with items from merchants in the Glendale area.
Glendale is Nashville’s first optional Spanish immersion school. Spanish is taught through the math/science curriculum and conversation. After 5 years the students can read, write and speak Spanish. Glendale offers English classes only. They emphasize the Spanish culture through art and music.
For more information: 500-0727

La Hacienda Shop in Nashville

La Hacienda shop
3744 Nolensville Road, Nashville 37211
No entrance fee. Music. Food eating contest of tortas y Mexican enchiladas

La Hacienda in Franklin

Cinco de Mayo
Friday May 5th 5:00 pm until May 6th
1100 Hillsboro Road Franklin
Corner of Mack Hatcher. For additional information please call 615-591-9590

Fort Campbell

FRI, MAY 5: 6PM-12AM
SAT. MAY 6: 12NOON- 12AM
Fort Campbell Blvd at Gate 4, Destiny Parks and Pavilions. Come help the Fort Campbell community Patrons can partake in authentic Hispanic food and drink, live music, Hispanic dance clinics and more. On May 6 the children can decorate their own Cinco de Mayo craft, take a ride on the hay wagon or a pony or jump on the inflatables. The inflatables will be available on May 6 only and wristbands will need to be purchased for $5 per child in order to jump. Friday: $2 armbands (for 18 and up, 17 and under free), Live bands & DJ, beer/Soda/Margaritas by Sportsman's Lodge Craft vendors and a wide variety of food for all. Saturday: $2 armbands (for 18 and up, 17 and under free) Walk to Iraq event - 10am. Live free entertainment includes live bands, a DJ, and hispanic dance clinics. Free kids crafts by CYS (for children 12 and under, while supplies last), Appearences by Buddy & P'Nut, Beer/Soda/Margaritas by Sportsman's Lodge Craft vendors and a wide variety of food for all. 798-4610 ext. 120. Fort Campbell is located between CLARKSVILLE, TN AND HOPKINSVILLE, KY, EXIT 86 OFF I-24. Fort Campbell supports the 3rd largest military population in the Army and the 7th largest in the Department of Defense. At 164 square miles (105,068 Acres), the installation is one of the largest in the world.

Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Cinco de Mayo Festival
Carnival, Games, Rides, Live Music, Food, & Business Networking!
This Weekend!
(May 4th through 7th)
(Opening Thursday & Friday @ 5 PM; Saturday @ 11 AM & Sunday @ 1 PM)
Starwood Amphitheater
Murfreesboro Road @ Old Hickory Blvd
Supported by the TN Hispanic Chamber of commerce. Unlimited rides for $20, 20 tickets for $15 The carnival event offers rides, Ferris wheels, sideshow games, live music and Mexican food.
For more information & to see the entertainment line up, click

Williamson County churches and the Franklin Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Pinkerton Park on Murfreesboro Rd, Franklin, TN 37064. If you are on 65S, take a right at the Franklin exit onto Murfreesboro Road/96 and keep going toward Franklin square. The park is on the right just before the train tracks and before the square. There will be food, music, medical screenings, dental checks, haircuts, clothing give away, a ‘meet the press’ session at 2PM and lots of booths. Last year there were an estimated 3500 people. The Franklin Area Hispanic Chamber will be there to support the work that Pastor Jose Duran does with this wonderful festival. All annoucements on the stage will be in both English and Spanish. Mayor Tom Miller will make a special appearance.

Festival of the Nations and Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Latino Cultural Festival
Saturday May 6th 12 pm to 4 pm
Sponsored by Festival of the Nations in partnership with the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Celebrating Latin American Culture
FOOD, DANCE, MUSIC and more!!!
BETHEL World Outreach Center
5670 Granny White Pike, Brentwood, 37027
FREE and OPEN to the public For more information call: (615) 371-1000

The Well

SUN, MAY 7TH: 3-7PM, Spring Hill
Put on by The Well, a food pantry with an emphasis on hispanics. Spring Hill Elementary school, Spring Hill, TN. right of Hwy 31 in the heart of Spring Hill. All the funds will go to The Well. There will be games, food and a concert by the band Waterside. The admission cost to the concert is a can of food and $2.00 615-302-0721

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