Since Cinco de Mayo celebrations will be taking place on the same weekend as this year’s annual Pauls Valley Brickfest, it seemed only natural to local officials and Hispanic residents to combine the two popular events and create an unforgettable Garvin County experience — the first annual “Brick-Fiesta Block Party.”

“Cinco de Mayo, or the 5th of May, will occur this Friday so we decided to turn to it as a theme for the opening night of Brickfest,” explained Main Street Pauls Valley program director Tania Landers.

“The festivities will be like a street party and will include a lot of Hispanic activities. Rev. Perla Goody and members of the San Mateo United Methodist Mission will be participating in the event, as well as students from Theresa Salazar’s Pauls Valley High School Spanish class,” Landers said.

According to Landers, “Brick-Fiesta Block Party 2006” will kick off immediately following the Pauls Valley Police Department’s annual Bicycle Rodeo and Safety Course, which will take place in the parking lot located behind Wacker Plaza from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“The block party will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in downtown Pauls Valley. We’ll have an Hispanic DJ from 6 to 6:30 and again from 7 to 7:30. From 6:30 to 7 we’ll have cultural dances and music performed by students from Pauls Valley High School, Junior High and Whitebead,” Landers said.

“From 7:30 to 8 we’ll have more cultural dances and music, and from 8 to 8:30 Tye Jacobson will be performing. Between 8:30 and 9 p.m. we’ll hold drawings for several very nice prizes and from 9 to 10 the rock band ‘Neverday’ will be on stage.”

Along with a wide variety of musical entertainment, Landers said the public can expect a festive atmosphere on Friday evening, complete with decorations, children’s activities and plenty of mouth-watering food.

“Spanish decorations will go up downtown Friday night including piñatas and colorful paper flowers. We’ll also have the whole kids area set up in the parking lot east of the Democrat,” Landers said.

“Some people from San Mateo Mission will be serving home made tacos and other Latino food and all the food and craft vendors will already have their booths set up downtown.”

As Landers explained it, the first annual “Brick-Fiesta Block Party” will not only provide the ideal opportunity for family members and friends to spend some quality time together, the event will also present a couple with a great place to enjoy that very first date.

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