More help needed for Cinco de Mayo festival planning

At an intimate meeting at Sunnyside's El Conquistador restaurant Thursday night, members of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and volunteers came to one consensus about this year's Cinco de Mayo festival - more help is needed.

"There's not really much to say except we need more people," said Chamber Executive Director Mary Ann Bonny.

Chamber President Brezzi Campos said the chamber is looking for someone to chair the festival. Right now, she said the chamber has a couple of names of people who've expressed an interest, but they'll be willing to consider anyone else who wants to be involved in the festival.

"We want the community to be involved and we want someone from the community," said Ruben Carrera, the chamber's past president.

Carrera said just because the festival celebrates Mexican history and heritage, it doesn't necessarily mean that a chairperson needs to be Hispanic.

Campos said it might be good if a chairperson is able to speak Spanish since many of the festival's participants speak Spanish primarily.

The chamber needs a number of volunteers to fill positions to help the festival run smoothly.

Campos said the chamber needs someone to organize the festival's parade, someone to organize the festival's street vendors, people to judge parade entries and people to be "runners" to run items between certain areas of the festival, among other positions. Set-up and clean-up volunteers will also be needed.

In the past the Cinco de Mayo festival has included a car show, parade, street vendors and live entertainment.

The next planning meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 22 at El Conquistador restaurant. Anyone interested in helping plan for this year's festival is welcome to attend.

"We hope it's really successful," said Bonny of the next meeting.


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