Cinco de Mayo festivities, featuring carnival rides, entertainment, exhibits, food and game booths and various sports competitions, will take place today through Monday throughout the Southeast and Long Beach areas.
The May 5 Mexican holiday commemorates the Battle of Puebla in 1862, in which outnumbered Mexican troops defeated the forces of Napoleon III, marking the end of French intervention. Activities will take place in the following cities:
Bellflower--Spring Fiesta, featuring carnival rides, entertainment, food and game booths, drawings for a 1986 Mustang GT Hatchback or Thunderbird Elan and cash prizes totaling $2,750, will be 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday at St. John Bosco High School, 13640 S. Bellflower Blvd. Information: (213) 920-1734.
Huntington Park--The international dance troupe Ballet Costumbrista de Puebla from Puebla, Mexico, will be featured at the Huntington Park Chamber of Commerce's ninth annual Fiesta Days, which will be today through Monday throughout the community. The dance troupe will perform at a dinner, dance and show that will be from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Huntington Park Elks Lodge, 3355 E. Gage Ave. Tickets are $15, and include a steak picado dinner and dancing to orchestra and mariachi music. Another performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the California Theatre, 6528 Pacific Blvd. Tickets are $4.50 for general admission, $2.50 for children. The chamber will also sponsor a family picnic featuring entertainment, carnival rides and food and game booths from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Salt Lake Park, 3401 Florence Ave. Information: (213) 585-1155.