Mechanical bull, Zumba, performances and more at the Cinco de Mayo event

Gastonia Police and local Hispanic organizations will team up to host a Siete de Mayo celebration on Saturday, May 7.

“We want to make a difference with people who want to make a difference by doing something that makes a difference at a time that makes a difference,” Gastonia Pastor Ray Hardee said of the Siete de Mayo celebration organized by the police of Gastonia and local organizations.

Pointe Church, where Hardee is the senior pastor, and other local businesses are sponsoring the Cinco De Mayo celebration to be held on Saturday, May 7.

The event will take place from noon to 6 p.m. in the car park opposite Dillard’s at Eastridge Mall.

There will be Mexican, American and Honduran food vendors as well as activities such as a mechanical bull, Zumba, face painting, inflatables and more.

The event will also be free and will include information booths set up by local bilingual businesses eager to network and meet members of the community.

Some of these businesses include Carolina Complete Health, The Pointe Church, Crescent Apartments rental representatives on East Ozark Avenue, and Iglesia Vida de Reino, which translates to “Church Kingdom of Life.”

“We want to help people find affordable housing,” said Nora Linares, a representative from Crescent Apartments. “We want Latinos to know that there are bilingual places they can come.”

Abner Ramos, the senior pastor of Iglesia Vida de Reino, wants the Spanish community to understand the importance of coming together as a community with the event.

“I want everyone to know that we are here and services are available for them,” Ramos said.

The event will also host Christian salsa singers as well as live mariachi and meringue performances.

Jaimes hosts many festivals and collaborative events between the community and the Gastonia Police. He says the events are made for everyone to attend.

“It makes me very excited and proud to see everyone wanting to be part of this,” Jaimes said.

“It’s important for Latinos to know we’re here for them,” said Jonathan Cozaya, a community health worker with Carolina Complete Health, a Charlotte-based health company that will be sponsoring the event.

Jaimes hopes to see community members having fun and learning more about local bilingual services at the event.

Contact Janiya Winchester at 980-319-6819 or [email protected]

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