For more than twenty years, LULAC District VIII has brought the colors and excitement of the “Cinco de Mayo” to the downtown streets of Houston with their annual fundraising parade. This year’s parade started next to Minute Maid Park, then cruised around Texas, Caroline and Preston streets. The parade included school marching bands, dancing and cheerleading squads, and ROTC cadets. Attendees also had the opportunity to take in the beautiful pageantry of Mexican culture: folkloric dresses, mariachi outfits and charros on horses.
Showing their support to this festivity were the following (many but not all participants included):
Local non-profits organizations: Ambassadors International Ballet Folklórico, Centro Organizativo Guatemalteco, Federación Unión Hidalguense, Girl Scouts, Houston Community College and I’m Bully Free.
Elected officials: Mayor Annise Parker, Congressman Al Green, Congressman Gene Green, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Judge Ed Emmett and Constable Victor Treviño; as well as, several candidates running for office.
Civil servants: Houston Fire Department, Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s Department.
Businesses: A.D.C. Studios, Doritos, Fiesta, Goya, James Coney Island, McDonalds, Mi Tienda and Taxis Fiesta.
Media: ABC 13, Telemundo Channel 47, Univision Channel 45; as well as, 2Vision Channel 21.4, La Subasta newspaper and Tejano Hits Radio.
Professional sports team: Houston Dynamo.
About LULAC District VIII:
LULAC District VIII is a grass roots organization dedicated to serve the community and advocate for civil rights, increase educational opportunities, immigration issues, leadership and fair treatment in the work force or housing. The 2nd largest district in the State of Texas and one of the largest in the USA, District VIII currently has thirty adult councils, five young adults councils and nine youth councils and serves the communities of the greater Houston Metropolitan Area.
— Contributing blogger, Sybil Moncivais