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Worries About Rain and H1N1 Flu Lower Turnout at Cinco de Mayo

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

The turnout at today’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration in San Francisco’s Dolores Park was a bit subdued at the get-go yesterday morning. But things picked up a bit in the afternoon, when the rain let up a bit in the Mission District.

A performer heading north away from the park in the rain yesterday morning. Click to expand:

There were more people working the festival than actual attendees an hour after the start.

I’d forgotton all about the worry over the Swine Flu until seeing masks being worn at some food vendors:

Free cardiovascular health screenings and health management products from the American Society of Hypertension - well that’s a draw in itself:

See you next year!
MISSION NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS PRESENTS
“San Francisco CINCO DE MAYO” at Dolores Park Saturday, May 2, 2009

SAN FRANSICO CINCO DE MAYO Festival is a wonderfully unique experience–Bring your picnic blanket and
entire family, including los abuelos/grandparents, to enjoy the sun, cultural entertainment, recreation and dramatic city view!

What: Mission Neighborhood Centers invite the entire bay area community to San Francisco’s CINCO DE
MAYO Festival, Saturday, May 2, 2009, 10a-6p at Dolores Park between 18th & 20thSt. — FREE all day Health
Screening, Cultural Entertainment, Kid’s Activities, Art/Crafts, Lucha Libre Wrestlers, Soccer Skills Camp and
Mission Dolores tour — a short walk from BART 16th St. Station and Muni/Light Rail Church/18th St. stop.
FREE hypertension health screening, sponsored by the American Society of Hypertension (ASH), including blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol testing with onsite results and referrals —FREE health tools given away to adults and children while they last!

This Year’s Mascot: Cartoon Network’s “Scubby Doo” will be at the park taking pictures and giving paw-prints to dog lovers and the kids too! MNC’s festival’s goal is to promote education, healthy lifestyle and alternative resources for family/children by introducing new, “Health”, “Education” and “Going Green” sections featuring community non-profits, county/state agencies, and retail vendors along with our traditional/cultural arts/craft/food vendors—all in an alcohol-free environment.

The stage program will include Univision morning show “Al Despertar’s” delightful host, Kira Vilanova, as SF Cinco’s event mistress of ceremonies, as well as LA rockeros “Zhono” and “Futuro Picante”, Mariachis “Colima” and “Femenil Orgullo Mexicano”, Azteca/Folklorico Dance, illusionist “Anthony the Magic”, Soloist “Berta Olivia”, “Lucha Libre” personalities and more.

This event targets 10,000 families which is 4+ (parents, child+, and grandparent) via our outreach to SF Unified School District student/families, our multichannel media partners COMCAST, Univision KDTV14, TeleFutura 66, Radio LaKalle, general KISSfm, MOVINfm, and Green960am, print, web placement and transit partner BART via bay area wide electronic platform signs and more.

WHY: The event benefits the Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc., Celebrating 50 years of Community Service
“1959-2009” (www.mncsf.org). Since 1959, MNC has provided a wide variety of social services through quality programs that promote self-sufficiency and community growth for the Mission District’s low-income residents through their Head Start, Youth Development and Senior Services Programs.
Event Sponsors: Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc., SF Grants for the Arts, Comcast, American Society of
Hypertension, Wells Fargo, Western Union, SF Health Plan and more.

When: SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2009
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where: DOLORES PARK
18th & Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA

FREE EVENT
PROGRAM BEGINS AT 10:00 A.M.

THERE WILL BE FREE MUSIC, BALLET FOLKLORICO AND AZTEC DANCERS, ARTS AND
CRAFTS, BOOTHS AND MORE!