Several Cinco de Mayo events set for this week

GARDEN CITY — The Cultural Empowerment & Development Foundation is putting on a four-day Cinco de Mayo celebration in Garden City this week that begins tonight with an appreciation dinner and culminates this weekend with a parade, food and entertainment, and sporting events.

Cinco de Mayo, or the Fifth of May, is an annual holiday marking the Mexican army’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla in 1862 during the Franco-Mexican War.

Tonight, the celebration kicks off with an appreciation dinner for veterans and reserve military at 6 p.m. at the American Legion, 405 S. Main St. To RSVP, contact Harold Orosco at (620) 260-0945.

Thursday will include a free real estate and banking seminar from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Clarion Inn, 1911 E. Kansas Ave., with sessions on renting vs buying, home financing, 10 steps to start a business, home & business insurance, home security, cyber security and fire safety.

Saturday’s events start with a 5K Run to Overcome Diabetes at Lee Richardson Zoo, with check-in at 8 a.m. and the race starting at 8:30 a.m.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, there will be a cultural parade down Main Street followed by food and entertainment at Stevens Park until 6 p.m. A 3-on-3 basketball tournament is scheduled at the Carlos Bribiesca basketball courts in Finnup Park from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. The event wraps up Sunday with a soccer tournament at Garcia Soccer Park.

For more information about the Cinco de Mayo celebration, contact Foundation president Liset Cruz at (620) 521-1620, or liset.cedf@gmail.com. Registration forms are also available at Mauricio Romero Agency, 1021 Fleming St., Suite F.