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Cinco de Mayo festivities in S'side approved for May 6-8

The Sunnyside City Council gave its formal approval Monday night to have the city assist the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce with the 17th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration May 6-8.

Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce Marketing and Events Coordinator Carrie Stone was on hand to field questions from Council.

The chamber requested to have the city close sections of downtown for the street fair and entertainment that are part of the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. The intersections that will be closed include from Decatur Avenue and Sixth Street through Franklin and Sixth and then west on Franklin to Fifth Street. Chamber officials also requested expanding the street closure south along Sixth Street to in front of the Safeway parking lot.

The street closures are set to begin at 4 a.m. on Friday, May 6, and last through Sunday until 10 p.m.

Also, based on a recommendation from the police department, the chamber will be hiring additional security personnel for vendors on Friday and Saturday nights.

The chamber also asked for the use of jail trustees in helping keep the streets clean through the weekend. Chamber officials have made arrangements with Yakima Waste Systems to empty dumpsters as needed during the event. Street vendors participating in the festival are required to provide their own garbage can and keep the area around their booth clean.

Paradise Amusements will once again be handling the carnival for Cinco de Mayo. This year's carnival will be on Fifth Street between Edison and Grant avenues. Paradise Amusements is scheduled to run the carnival starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. The chamber also requested the carnival be allowed to operate until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights and will close no later than 10 p.m. on Sunday.

The Cinco de Mayo Parade will be held Sunday, May 8, beginning at noon. The parade will begin at Sunnyside High School, going west on Edison Avenue and ending at the Law and Justice Center. Volunteers will be handling the street closures for the parade 30 minutes prior to the event.

The chamber also received approval from the city to use the bleachers at the swimming pool at Central Park for the entertainment at Centennial Square.

In addition, a charro competition will be held Sunday, May 8, at 1 p.m. on a vacant lot along Sixth Street.

Councilwoman Bengie Aguilar said she was concerned about safety issues with the carnival being on Fifth Street. Stone told her that 15-foot fire lanes will be marked off prior to the start of the carnival.

Mayor Pro-tem Mike Farmer said he didn't want the carnival tearing down its rides Sunday night, keeping the residents in the area awake. Stone said Paradise Amusement officials have said they won't be tearing down rides until 6 a.m. on Monday.

Mayor Ed Prilucik reminded Stone that carnival officials should be made aware of the power lines in the area along Fifth Street.

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