PRESS RELEASE Oklahoma City’s Cinco de Mayo Festival Rescheduled to Sept. 13 

click to enlarge Oklahoma City's Cinco de Mayo Festival has been rescheduled for Sept. 13. - SCISSORTAIL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION / PROVIDED
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  • Oklahoma City's Cinco de Mayo Festival has been rescheduled for Sept. 13.
Oklahoma City’s Cinco de Mayo Festival, previously planned for May 3 in Scissortail Park, will be rescheduled to September 13, when it will be combined with the Fiestas Patrias Festival at the same location. The Fiestas Patrias Festival will kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in Oklahoma. Scissortail Community Development Corporation, which organizes both events, made the decision to postpone Cinco de Mayo in light of the current COVID-19 crisis.

The Oklahoma City Cinco de Mayo festival is the largest in the state and was expected to draw over 20,000 people celebrating Hispanic heritage and culture. Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt mentioned the Cinco de Mayo festival in his State of the City address this year, and Scissortail CDC Executive Director Robert Ruiz thanked him for the recognition as well as his leadership during the COVID-19 crisis. “The mayor knows how important this event is and we appreciate his support,” said Ruiz.

Ruiz said the rescheduled event would be even larger than the original celebration.

“The decision to reschedule is disappointing, but necessary given the current environment and the need for social distancing,” said Ruiz. “We appreciate Scissortail Park working with us to reschedule this celebration and to combine it with our Fiestas Patrias Festival in September. What we are going to see is one huge and joyous celebration instead of two smaller ones.”

Scissortail Park Foundation CEO Maureen Heffernan said the park was looking forward to hosting a successful event later in the year.

“Even though we have to move this event to September, the vibrant spirit of this event which celebrates Mexican culture and heritage will be no less diminished,” she said. “We look forward to being the OKC home of this event for all to enjoy in the city.”

Both festivals rely on sponsorships, and the revenue earned supports educational programs and community outreach done by Scissortail CDC. Ruiz encouraged Oklahomans to make a point of supporting community events like these when the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

“By September, I hope we have this behind us and are ready to celebrate as a community,” said Ruiz. “This will be a party that is good for our spirits, a great way to show we appreciate and respect one-another’s cultures, and an important tool for supporting educational programs that benefit underserved children. I think we’ll have a record turnout and a party that is fun for everyone.

More on the Fiestas Patrias Festival 2020:

This spectacular event celebrates Mexican Independence Day featuring internationally known recording artists and a special ceremony called “El Grito” led by the Consul of Mexico for Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee, Mr. Rodolfo Quilantan-Arenas. FPF is a great opportunity for Oklahomans to celebrate the richness of Mexican culture and heritage with food, drinks, business expo, activities for children, and many other attractions. Sponsorship levels are available ranging from $1,500 to $12,000. Booths costs $150 Artist, $350 for nonprofits, $450 for services, and $550 for food or product sales. Please contact Luis Hidalgo for more information: 405-360-1200 or l.hidalgo@scissortailcdc.org.

More on the OKC Cinco de Mayo Festival

The OKC Cinco de Mayo Festival is one of the largest Hispanic events of the year! OKCCDM is a FREE outdoor festival for the whole family celebrating the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, OKC’s sisterhood with the City of Puebla, MX, and the unity of all communities in Oklahoma. The festivities include live music from local and International touring artists, parade of horses, folkloric dancing, the crowning of Miss Cinco de Mayo, and activities for children. Festival goers receive great gifts from sponsors and vendors, delicious food and much more! Sponsorship levels are available ranging from $1,500 to $12,000. Booths costs $350 for nonprofits, $450 for services, and $550 for food or product sales. Please contact Luis Hidalgo for more information: 405-360-1200 or l.hidalgo@scissortailcdc.org.

About Scissortail Park

The new Scissortail Park is in the heart of a revitalized downtown Oklahoma City. This public space is part of the MAPS 3 program that envisions a healthy and vibrant quality of life for our city while serving as an investment in the future. Every detail is designed for connection – with nature, neighbors and ourselves. It is a place for play, culture, celebration and inspiration.

Scissortail Park features a variety of engaging experiences within 70 urban acres ranging from ornamental gardens and woodlands, to a lake and boathouse, children’s playground, grand promenade, water features, outdoor roller rink, an enclosed dog park, interactive fountain and much more.

Designed by one of the foremost landscape architecture planning firms in the world, Hargreaves Associates, the Park is also a horticultural tapestry of native prairie grasses, lush flower gardens and tree-lined walkways. Together we have created something spectacular. For everyone.

Scissortail Park is managed by Scissortail Park Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.
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