A Mexican Fiesta at McCoy Park
May 16, 2013
Cinco de Mayo has really caught on as a day of celebration with festivals around the Kansas City area. Independence had their own celebration in McCoy Park. The day was chilly, but the air was festive. People from many Latin countries came to perform and browse around. There was a group of dancers composed of enthusiastic special needs young people. Several conglomerates of beautifully dressed dancers with shining, braided hair entertained us with their lively music. Colorful costumes and dancers, magicians, and poetry were some of the entertainment. A big attraction was the children’s Spanish and English translation books offered by the North Independence Branch.
Midwest Genealogy Center also got the word out about the resources offered at our branch. The MGC table was right on the edge of the action. One gentleman approached us and told us about his grandfather, who had been in Alcatraz, and his desire to find out more about some papers he has from that event. Several people stopped by asking specifically about Mexican genealogy and our book collection on that topic. Beth was even able to answer some questions in Spanish!
We were a bit cold, but happy to represent MGC!
Beth S. & Cecilia G.
Midwest Genealogy Center