‘Mercado’ on Main to start on ‘Cinco de Mayo’ – Merced County Times
Live music, an outdoor art gallery, car show, Main Street shops and vendors galore come to downtown Merced from Wednesday May 5 – or Cinco de Mayo, a day to celebrate Mexican-American culture and traditions.
The Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce calls it “The Mercado,” an outdoor market along Main Street, from Martin Luther King Jr. Way to M Street, part of Canal Street and all of Bob Hart Square, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The affected streets will be closed to vehicular traffic so that residents can easily walk around the city center.
The following Mercados will take place every first Thursday of the month until October. The event is also sponsored by MERCO Credit Union, Cultivad de Salud and the city of Merced.
“The Mercado is a space where residents can safely go out and listen to music, shop at local stores and interact with the local art scene,” said Annissa Fragoso, President of the Hispanic Chamber.
Vendors will line up along Main Street and the canal. Bob Hart Square will host an outdoor gallery showcasing the work of local artists in collaboration with the Multicultural Arts Center. Concerts and entertainment will be held outside the doors of the Merced Theater, Regal Hollywood Merced and in designated areas of the market.
“We encourage everyone to wear their masks and social distancing,” Fragoso said.
The goal of the outdoor market is to create traction and collaboration between artists, vendors, nonprofits, small businesses, artists and residents in a sprawling event – which n has not been seen in the city center since the pandemic started over a year ago.
“We want to generate business,” Fragoso said. “We want to put small businesses and physical stores at the forefront of the public. We want to stimulate their savings. “
Live music and performances, including lyrics by local poet Marcy Poe, traditional Aztec dance by Kalpulli Izkalli, a Danza Mexika group from Morgan Hill, and flamenco music by Robert Paul from the group Crashboat are scheduled for the first market.
Patricia Pratt of Kreepy Kawaii will host an Art Remate right outside her door at 1731 Canal St. The remate will host artwork from local artists Craft of Me, Thore and live artwork from Goku. Sweet Tyme Bakes candy vendor will also be offering treats at Kreepy Kawaii and Abracadabra.
Poets, artists, groups, small businesses, vendors, dancers, car collectors, nonprofits, community organizations and artists are encouraged to submit nominations for any interest in future events. “The Mercado” is a space open to all music and works of art. There is still time and space available for those who would like to participate in the May 5th market.
“If anyone is interested in showcasing their cars, artwork, performance talents or any other kind of exhibition, they are encouraged to contact us by email,” Fragoso said. “We want all types of level amateurs to be included. We want everyone and everyone to participate. ”
Vendor Space is still available for $ 25 for Hispanic House members and $ 30 for non-members.
For more information about the event and information on supplier and entertainment inquiries, you can send an email [email protected] or visit www.mercedhcc.com/the-mercado.