May 2, 2015
Crowds filled uptown Martinsville on Saturday for the first local Cinco de Mayo festival.
Dancer Beatriz Silva performed to the music of a Mariachi band on Church Street. Silva, of Chapel Hill, N.C., originally is from Mexico City.
The local band Ruta 58 (Route 58) also performed, and lines of people waited at various food vendors at the festival.
The Charity League of Martinsville-Henry County was among the groups with booths at the festival. League members helped children make free maracas.
Other vendors sold jewelry and crafts, and others distributed information on various topics and organizations.
The festival was organized by the Martinsville Uptown Revitalization Association (MURA) and the Latino Community Council. The Harvest Foundation provided a Pick Up the Pace! (PUP) grant to help cover communications, security and other expenses.
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