<!--:es-->Trophy winners for Best entries in the Oak Cliff Cinco de Mayo Big Parade announced.<!--:-->

Trophy winners for Best entries in the Oak Cliff Cinco de Mayo Big Parade announced.

Dallas, Texas. The Oak Cliff Cinco de Mayo Big Parade was held on May 7, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.
on Jefferson Boulevard. The parade organizers reported a grand total of fifty-eight entries with
close to one hundred vehicles, groups and floats.

This year’s awards went to the following:
1st Place Best Float – J. Erik Jonsson Community School. The private school has been an
enthusiastic participant for several years consistently winning top prizes. The school won the
first place trophy for their beautifully hand crafted floats (photo attached) depicting the “Battle of
Puebla” and the “Quinceañera” theme.

2nd Place Best Float – Faith Family Academy Charter School. The float featured a giant
American Bald Eagle made exclusively of recycled material. Guillermo Miranda, the school’s
representative said that the total cost of the float was a meager $20.

3rd Place Best Float – Cervera Dance Company. The float featured the company’s logo – a giant
crown atop a shiny black and gold four-level platform.

Best Marching, W.T. White High School Marching Band. The band marched down Jefferson
Blvd. in almost impeccable formation while playing favorite musical selections. Molina High
School Jaguar Band, cheerleaders and drill team received the Parade Coordinators Honorable
Mention.

Best Dancing – Sunset High School Bisonettes. The Bisonettes marched with lively steps and
dance moves.

Best Musical, La Rondalla Magisteriales de San Luis de la Paz. The musical group traveled from
the state of Guanajuato, Mexico.

The Big Parade was headed by the W.T. White ROTC, the official color guard for several years,
directed by Lt. Col. Norm Gilmore, followed by Councilwoman Delia Jasso, the Parade Honorary
Chairwoman, accompanied by her husband, Judge Juan Jasso. The Cinco de Mayo Celebration
chairman, Rep. Roberto R. Alonzo, was busy in Austin with the legislative session. It was his
first time not participating in fifteen years.

Jesse Ramirez with Turn It Up Radio served as the Big Parade MC at the MC Stage in front
of Fiesta Mart (sponsored by Cash America Pawn). He was a very enthusiastic announcer
making his big debut in Oak Cliff. Turn It Up Radio is an online hip-hop radio station –
www.turnitupradio.com.

Attendance was undetermined but was lower than previous years. Sylvana Avila-Alonzo, the
event coordinator, said that moving the Festival from Jefferson Boulevard probably had a big
effect on attendance. However, the Festival at Casa Guanajuato was well attended with over

1000 guests. There was an increase in vendors for a total nineteen.

“I want to thank all the participants who celebrated this joyous historical and cultural occasion
with us. I also want to thank the honorary chairs Delia Jasso and Rep. Roberto Alonzo, the
sponsors including Fiesta Mart, Wells Fargo Bank, AT&T, Billy Bob Barrett, Exelon, Oncor,
Lieberman Media, Clear Channel Outdoor, Al Dia and Univision, Dr. Steve Nguyen, Fred
Maldonado with AT&T and the businesses that participated in the parade, program booklet and
festival. She also recognized the event partners: Casa Guanajuato, Tereso Ortiz – President; and
Hilda Duarte with La Academia de Estrellas, for inviting Blue Demon, Jr. who served as Grand
Marshal.

Avila-Alonzo also thanked the volunteers for their continued support and commitment in helping.
“The volunteers are the backbone of the event. They work for hours in the hot sun and with
no special gadgets like radios or transportation. They walk up and down the boulevard before,
during and after the event.” She added that OCCA will sponsor a cook-out that she will host to
show appreciation.

She also expressed gratitude to Mayor Dwayne Carraway, the Office of Special Events, and
Officer George Aranda for their support.

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