By Roxanne McKnight
Mexia’s downtown will be the center of a Cinco de Mayo festival this coming Saturday, May 7, with the entire 200th block of East Commerce closed to traffic.
Both sides of the street there will be lined with booths and tables offering freshly made Mexican food like tacos, gorditas and roasted corn on the cob; and other treats, like icy, fruit-flavored drinks, hamburgers, popcorn and candy. Other tables and tents will sell toys and memorabilia and offer games.
Cinco de Mayo – which means Fifth of May – celebrates a victorious battle of Mexican soldiers over invading French troops, that took place in the city of Puebla de Los Angeles in the Mexican state of Veracruz on May 5, 1862.
Two raffles will run concurrently during the festival: one with first, second and third prizes of $100, a set of dishes and $50, respectively; and which ticket holders do not have to be present to win.