Cinco de Mayo, Freedom Fest on council agenda | News


All of the traditional events that have been on hiatus for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic are coming up and Porterville City Council is expected to quickly approve a number of them at its next meeting.

As part of its consent schedule, the board is expected to approve the purchase of fireworks for Freedom Fest, which will return July 2 along with Cinco de Mayo activities and a car show to be held by the chapter. of Pink Heels Tulare County and the Rollin’ Relics Car Club. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with oral communications before council moves into closed session. The public session of the meeting will then resume at 6:30 p.m.


Comision Honorifica Mexican Americana, Inc. will host many Cinco de Mayo activities from April 27th to May 1st. As part of its consent schedule, the board is expected to approve activities to be held on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1. including the Cinco de Mayo Parade to be held downtown from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 30.

The theme for the Cinco de Mayo parade is “Reflect on the Past, Embrace the Future”. The Comision is now accepting entries for the parade and the deadline is April 22.

Additionally, the Tule River Economic Development Corporation will give people a chance to “chill out” on Cinco de Mayo as part of its “Cinco de Mayo Kick Back” car show event at Landing 13. This event is also on the schedule. Consent for Council Approval.

The Comision will hold its open-to-the-public show where the Cinco de Mayo Queen is crowned at 6 p.m. April 27 at the Community Center at 466 E. Putnam. The Comision will also be hosting the Fiesta Dominguera from 1 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 1 at Veterans Park as well as all manner of food vendors and other vendors will be featured. The Commission is also hosting a soccer tournament at Veterans Park that weekend.

The Commission is also looking for suppliers for the Fiesta Dominguera event. For more information on the parade and the Fiesta Domiguera, call Elva Beltran, 559-285-6054.

The Cinco de May Kick Back event will be held in the Hockett Street and Mill Avenue parking lot next to Landing 13. The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. and will feature classic and modified vehicles.

Pink Heels and Rollin Relics will be holding another auto show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at Veterans Park. The event is also on the consent schedule for board approval. The event will also feature vendors.


As part of its consent timeline, the board will consider approving the $25,000 fireworks purchase from Firworks & Stage FZ America. The purchase will be paid from the Freedom Fest account which now has $24,706.

The city won just over $5,000 at the last Freedom Fest held in 2019. The event will return this year on July 2 at the Porterville Sports Complex.

The event has an annual attendance of approximately 10,000 people and features a live band, family entertainment, a Porterville Fire Department spray area, food, craft and information stalls and, well of course, the fireworks show.


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