By Alicia Lacy

Killeen Daily Herald

The Killeen League of United Latin American Citizens Council 4535 plans to have a little bit of everything at this year's Cinco de Mayo Festival Saturday.

The group's fifth annual festival will give attendees their fill of Latin performances and other cultural activities.

The holiday celebrates the Mexican army's victory over a French army that outnumbered them at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

The date is observed to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride, but Saturday's event includes other cultures.

The daylong celebration will include performances, a car show and a pageant, in addition to other activities.

Scheduled performers throughout the day include Tejano group Los Texas Wranglers, LULAC 4535 Ballet Folklorico, Caribbean musical group Grupo Noche Kandela, Hispanic rap groups Konxion Latina and Estrallas de Panama, mariachi band El Mariachi Unico, Central Texas Belly Dancers, Trimmier Elementary School's pre-kindergarten performers Tooty Ta's, and music and dancing from the Filipino American Association and the Cultura Filipiniana.

The 2010 Cinco de Mayo queen and princess will be crowned as well.

The day will feature static displays of emergency equipment from the Killeen police and fire departments, a blood mobile for attendees to donate and a canned food drive.

Big Bodies Custom hosts the car show. Registration for the show is $25 for cars, $30 for trucks and sport-utility-vehicles and $20 for bikes and motorcycles.

The event is free, but organizers ask that attendees bring at least one canned food to donate to the Killeen Food Care Center.

For more information, call (800) KILLEEN or go to

In case of inclement weather, the celebration will be moved to May 15.

Contact Alicia Lacy at or (254) 501-7559. Follow her on Twitter at KDHfeatures.

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