Get a passport and enjoy mariachis, margaritas and mangonadas at the city’s first-ever CincoVille.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE


If you’ve always wanted a city-wide celebration for Cinco de Mayo, you’re in luck.


The holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War always takes place on May 5, but since Cinco de Mayo falls on a Thursday this year, Stephenville will celebrate on Saturday, May 7, with the first-ever CincoVille.

Julie Lowrance is the chair of the Stephenville Downtown Merchants and Main Street Program.


The groups are working together to host the inaugural event aimed at celebrating the local Mexican heritage.


“The Stephenville Downtown Merchants had been talking about doing a margarita walk, then we came up with this idea,” Julie told Beneath the Surface News. “We have never done anything as a group to celebrate our Mexican heritage and we are really excited that everyone got on board.”

The downtown celebration will be held from 12-9 p.m. at the downtown plaza and Erath County courthouse square.


Folkloric dance will take place from 1-2 p.m. followed by a mariachi band from 2-4 p.m. at the plaza.


A slew of food trucks like Taqueria Maldenado, Little Shop of Sweets, Daquiris-to-Go, Straight from the South Mangonadas and Speedy Spuds will serve up a whole lot of deliciousness.

“We will give out ‘passports’ at the plaza, and if you get them stamped at all of the participating businesses, you will be entered into a prize drawing for a basket full of great stuff,” Julie said.


And visiting each of those businesses won’t be a chore.


Frames Etc will offer Wine-a-Rita samples (the Senorita) to customers and set up a hot sauce bar for tastings.


Newton’s Saddlerack plans to offer all-day festive drink specials like pineapple-jalapeno Calirosa margaritas and fresh juice mimosas.

A FULL DAY OF FUN


Prior to the start of CincoVille, the fun will kick off with Cars and Coffee at the Courthouse from 7-10 a.m. and a Farmers Market from 9 a.m.-noon at the downtown plaza.


And did I mention that Saturday, May 7, is also Election Day?


Polls will be open at the Erath County Courthouse from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.


Rest up Stephenville, you have a big weekend ahead.