Hispanic Art & Music Festival Set for This Weekend in Downtown Jonesboro

MAY 12, 2005 - Posted at 11:04 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Jonesboro's Hispanic community will come together Saturday on the streets of downtown Jonesboro for the city's first-ever Hispanic Celebration in May.  The art and music festival replaces the former Cinco de Mayo festival.

Organizers decided to change the name of the festival in order to reach out not just to Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, but all Hispanics.

The first two Cinco de Mayo festivals in Jonesboro drew an estimated combined crowd of more than 5,000 people, and organizers are optimistic that this year's event will be the biggest and best festival yet.  The Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce is throwing its support behind this year's event, which is co-sponsored by Arkansas State University and Hispanic Community Services of Jonesboro.

The festival will feature plenty of Latin foods, music and dancing, plus many events for children.

The festival begins at 10 a.m. and will continue until approximately 3 p.m.