Cicero celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Mexican Consul General

Town President Larry Dominick and the Town of Cicero co-hosted the annual celebration in honor of Cinco de Mayo honoring the Mexican Consul General Carlos Jimenez Macias and the Town’s Mexican American community.

Nearly 100,000 people were estimated to have attended the festivities which began with a welcome from Mr. Macias on Friday followed by a weekend of celebrations that included entertainment, food and family carnival rides.

On Sunday night, President Dominick was joined by Town Officials and members of the organizing Cicero Mexican Cultural Committee (CMCC).

“We are very proud to welcome all of the residents to celebrate this important holiday honoring an important date in sustaining Mexico’s independence and today helps recognize the many contributions that Mexican Americans contribute to this country,” Dominick said.

The celebration of Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over the forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862 at the battle of Puebla. The battle ensured Mexico’s independence.

Cicero Mexican Cultural Committee Chairman Frank J. Aguilar told the crowd, “Do you realize how important you are, the people of Cicero, that the Consulate General of Mexico came to Cicero to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?” Aguilar said, noting that Cicero’s celebration was the only one in which Macias attended.

Macias thanked President Dominick and the Cicero Mexican Cultural Committee for their commitment and wide-ranging services to the Mexican Community.

“Cinco de Mayo is an important event in our community in celebrating the history and the culture of the people of Mexico. This event symbolizes how the people of Mexico came together, united to force the French forces out of our beloved Mexico to bring forth a stronger nation. Que viva Mexico!” Macias said.

“I love coming to Cicero. I always feel warmly welcomed when I come here. I look forward to seeing this great community in September.”

Macias was acknowledging the festivities that Cicero and the CMCC

Each year, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Cicero officials and the Mexican American community host the annual “Cicero President’s Cup” soccer competition at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, hosted with the support of State Senator Steven Landek who is also mayor of Bridgeview.

The championship was won by the Cicero-based Clyde Park District soccer team, defeating Chicago’s Championship Team The Dragons, which has held the “President’s Cup” named in honor of President Larry Dominick, for the past two years.

Dominick, Consul General Macias, and Cinco de Mayo Festival “Senorita Cicero” Lupita Diaz Donato congratulated the Clyde Park District Soccer team, which is based in Cicero. The Clyde Park Soccer Team defeated Chicago’s Dragon’s Soccer Team by a score of 2 to 0.

Also congratulating the team were Trustee Larry Banks, Town Assessor Emilio Cumdari, Dr. Dana Grove of Morton College which was a soccer tournament sponsor. The Trophy was presented to the winning team by 1st princess Marisol Campos and 2nd princess Mary Ester Sanchez. Also attending the event were Supervisor Joe Virruso, Collector Fran Reitz, Trustees Victor Garcia, Dennis Raleigh and Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias. A special welcome was read from Trustee Lorraine Walsh.

Dominick thanked members of the committee who also helped including tournament organizer Gerardo Solis and Josefina Vega, members of the President's Office of Special Events & Recreation including Patty Dominick, Cynthia Salvino and Jeff Pesek, and Maru Ayala of Mas Enterprises for their hard work in organizing a successful weekend.

“I am very proud at our successful festival,” Ayala said. “With the help of President Dominick, the officials of the Town of Cicero, our sponsors, organizers, the volunteers, the Office of Special Events, and the support from the Cicero Police Department, we have had a great Cinco de Mayo celebration here in Cicero. I think everyone agrees that ”

We would like to thank our Cicero Police Department for keeping everyone safe during this festival.