Episode 85: East End Houston Celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Aztec Dance and Drum Group

Join us this week on Spotlight Houston as we dive into the colorful and vibrant East End Street Fest for Cinco de Mayo! Host Blanca Quezada chats with Lupe Olivarez, the festival’s director, and Abuela M’api Rainflowa, founder of the Aztec Dance and Drum Group. Together, they unfold the festive spirit awaiting in Houston’s East End.

Lupe details the rich history of the East End and what makes its Cinco de Mayo celebration a must-visit event. Expect a day bursting with colorful arts, delicious foods from local food trucks and restaurants, lively music, and dynamic performances that promise fun for the entire family. Lupe’s pro tip? Come hungry and ready to indulge in the flavors of Mexico!

Abuela M’api shares her passion for preserving Aztec culture through sacred dances and drumming, performed by her group of over 30 artists. These dances aren’t just performances; they are ceremonial offerings that bless the earth and its people, featuring elaborate headpieces and rhythmic beats that connect deeply with ancestral traditions.

Mark your calendars for this free event on Saturday, May 4th, from 12 PM to 6 PM on the Navigation Esplanade, just east of Downtown Houston near the George R. Brown Convention Center. For more details on this cultural extravaganza, visit www.eastendstreetfest.com.

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