Capital City celebrates first Cinco de Mayo event - - Jackson, MS

Capital City celebrates first Cinco de Mayo event

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - For the first time Cinco de Mayo festivities were held in downtown Jackson Wednesday.

The fiesta started at 5:30 PM at Club Dreamz on Capitol Street.

Blues great Jesse Robinson was just one of the live performances that entertained the crowd.  Earlier in the day, AD-J Reign kept the music flowing.

The event was sponsored by the Jackson Progressives, the Jackson Free Press and Jackson Downtown Partners.

Hundreds ventured to the downtown establishment to take part in the Cinco de Mayo celebration and to embrace Latino and Hispanic cultures.

Organizers hoped it will be one of many events that steer more people to the downtown area.

"It's a great opportunity to share with the community and to celebrate the freedom of all people, particularly our Hispanics.  It's just a great opportunity to share and join together and celebrate the freedoms," said organizer Jerry Lewis.

"We want it to be something that grows and blossoms each year and go into it's fifth, sixth and 20th years.  This event tonight is going to be for Latino folks, black folks, white folks, young and old," said event organizer Brad "Kamikaze" Franklin of the Jackson Progressives.

Organizers said the event was an chance for the Capital City to celebrate its diversity.

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