Food and music lead the way at Frankford’s Cinco de Mayo

Frankford’s town park has a busy week ahead. After getting new playground equipment, the park will host the Frankford Public Library’s Cinco de Mayo celebration.

The free celebration will be held Sunday, May 4, from 1 to 5 p.m., and feature music, piñata, booths, vendors, a police helicopter and a K-9 demonstration.

“You can’t have music and food without having a good time,” said library Director Rachel Wackett.

Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday in Mexico, honoring the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, an 1862 military victory over the French.

Sussex County has a large Spanish-speaking population, which has been a challenge for the Frankford library.

“When I start working in this library, Miss Liz [Hamilton] was so exited to have a Spanish-speaking person be part of this library. I think this is how it started. We wanted Spanish patrons to come to our library … to be part of our library.”

Now, they’ve got a family-friendly party for people of all backgrounds.

“That’s why we would like to celebrate,” said librarian and organizer Rosa Castro. “It’s our mission to serve all our patrons.”

That means sharing traditions such as flavorful food, including $1 tacos, tamales, agua fresca (flavored water) and more.

There will also be other vendors, American street-fair food and a drawing for the prize of a television.

La Red Health Center will have an outreach table to tell people about their services.

Live music will keep the party going, and people can see traditional dances by two groups, Corazon Latino and the Frankford Dancers.

“Everybody’s invited to come,” Castro said. “We’re going to have a lot of fun. They need to bring their dancing shoes.”

This is the library’s fifth year hosting the event and its first year partnering with the Town and its police department, which was a goal when Wackett recently joined the library staff.

“The Town has been very gracious, and the police, as well,” she said.

For more information on the event, call the Frankford Public Library at (302) 732-9351.