If you let swine flu stop you from getting sloshed at the Cinco De Mayo
fiesta, then the terrorists — or the germs — have already won.
The festival's organizers, the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association
, reassured us it's doing everything in its power to respond. Vice President John Cardenas says he and others are getting their cues from Multnomah County's Health Department, and also keeping in touch with the state's office of emergency management.
“It's a family event,” says Cardenas, “and I want to make sure they feel safe. I want to reassure folks that we're working with top health officials in the region, and help people feel safe and confident.”
Toward that end, Cardenas says signs are going up at the entrance to remind people of common-sense things they can do. Among the common-sense ideas: washing hands at the festival's extra hand washing stations.
The delegation coming from Guadalajara isn't sick either. Jalisco, of which Guadalajara is the capitol, has zero reported cases.
So, get out there and celebrate, drink some cerveza, dance, don a sombrero, all assured that there is a sane, practical man keeping his eye out for people with the sniffles.
“Were taking it very seriously,” says Cardenas. “We're not going to leave anything to chance. I'm more concerned about the things we can't control, like the weather.”
The 25th Cinco De Mayo Fiesta lasts for five days at Waterfront Park, May 1st to the 5th. From 11 am to 11 pm. Free Admission before 4 pm on Friday, and from 11 - 2 pm on Monday.