Weslaco Independent School District partnered with City of Weslaco to bring Flor y Canto: A Cinco de Mayo Fiesta to La Plazita Park.
WISD Fine Arts choirs, mariachi, xylophone players, conjunto, folkloric students from elementary, middle, and high school levels performed.
The history of Plazita Park is one of community gathering. It has served as the location for parties, dances, quinceañeras, and family fun for more than 70 years. A longtime resident of Weslaco, Mr. Juan Cuellar, was given center stage to perform "El Rey." He
Brandon “Heartbreaker” Figueroa, 3x World Champion Featherweight Boxer from Weslaco made a special appearance and Mayor David Suarez and City Commission honored him with a proclamation naming May 5th, 2023 “Brandon ‘Heartbreaker’ Figueroa” day. Fans were able to take a photo and interact with him.
Brandon “Heartbreaker” Figueroa encouraged the youth of Weslaco to pursue their passions whether in the arts, sports, or academics.
The city’s intent is to preserve the culture of La Plazita Park as being a place where families and friends can gather to celebrate.
The night ended with dancing to the music of the award-winning group, “Conjunto Salvaje”, from Weslaco East High School.
Preparations began months in advance, as Parks and Recreation Department revitalized the park. Old buildings were torn down to make space for new grass, and the plaza gazebo was restored by updating its structure and was given a fresh coat of paint, trees were trimmed, and park fixtures were repaired. Banners have been hung commemorating Weslaco’s history of the 1015 onion being a big part of the area’s economy.
by Maggie Perez, City of Weslaco