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Cinco de Mayo returns to GSR
by Tribune Staff
May 03, 2012 | 2037 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Northern Nevada’s largest celebration of Latino heritage will return to the Grand Sierra Resort on Saturday and Sunday.

Los Compadres Restaurant will present the festivities for the third year in the Reno location with two full days of entertainment for all ages from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission and access to all scheduled entertainment is $5, children under 12 and seniors are free. Proceeds will benefit Nevada Hispanic Services.

An estimated 40,000 people are expected to enjoy the weekend event that includes on-going entertainment on multiple stages with live Latin music, dance and other demonstrations. Headlining bands include El Internacional Grupo La Migra opening for Banda Los Lagos de Jalisco on Saturday, and Los Tremendos De Mexico followed by Los Originalas de San Juan on Sunday. At least eight local bands will perform earlier on both days. The Grand Sierra Resort will host a dance and entertainment by several Cinco de Mayo performers in the casino on Saturday evening after the event closes. Admission will be free for Cinco de Mayo attendees.

Cinco de Mayo Festival organizer Jose Valencia has made several exciting additions to the program for 2012. FMX Team Livfast will perform high-flying motorcycle stunts during three shows on Sunday afternoon. Presentations by contestants in the Ms. Cinco de Mayo 2012 competition will made on Saturday at 3 p.m. The winner will be crowned on Sunday at 4 p.m. to conclude the four weeks of competition in a variety of journalism disciplines.

Other new attractions this year include roller derby and Mexican Wrestling from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Famous luchadores Los Enmascarados (masked wrestlers) include Rey Misterio Jr. and Huracan Ramirez Jr. The Reno Roller Girls will hit the rink each afternoon from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mexican dancing horse performances will begin with a parade through the event venue at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Horse trainer Lupe Medina from Rancho Las Tres Potrancas (The Three Fillies Ranch) in Palomino Valley, located just north of Sparks will perform.

ARCE Boxing Club will again host amateur boxing bouts daily from noon to 4 p.m. in a ring in the parking area just outside the south entrance into Grand Sierra Resort. The local non-profit boxing club for at-risk teenagers has already produced five national champions since inception in 2002.

There will be a children’s playground with attractions such as a bounce house and giant slide for a nominal fee and free painting provided by Wells Fargo and American Family Insurance. Approximately100 vendors with food, arts, crafts, jewelry, toys, games and information will be located in the south parking area of Grand Sierra Resort.

For more information, visit or call 856-4888.
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