Nocross plans music, art for Cinco de Mayo

NORCROSS -- Cinco de Mayo (May 5) pays homage to the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.

It's not a holiday largely celebrated in Mexico, but in the U.S. -- and Norcross -- it's an excuse to cut loose in the name of Latino culture.

On Friday, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is performing a free concert with music of Mexico and Latin America at 7 p.m. in Thrasher Park.

"The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra embraces its responsibility to engage a broader Atlanta through community performances," said Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Manager of Community Programs, Ahmad Mayes. "We want people to be able to enjoy performances by Atlanta Symphony musicians in their local neighborhoods, and we are thrilled to bring a Latin music program to the diverse community of Norcross."

Attendees are invited to bring chairs, blankets and food to the performance. Before the concert, ASO is setting up an "instrument petting zoo" where children can try out each device.

When the show has completed, Vargas & Harbin Gallery Studio is hosting a night of a collaborative exhibit showcasing several Latin American artists who live and work in the metro Atlanta area.

Artists that have their works on display include Reinaldo Vargas, Carlos Solis, Dora Lopez, Stanley Bermudez, Pedro Fuentes, Jorge Arcos, Julio Mejia, Jose Pena and Alex Mendoza. They will all be at the studio to meet and greet with the crowd. The gallery will close at 11 p.m.

Throughout the weekend, Zapata and Mojitos serves up Cinco de Mayo specials with in-house live music and authentic food.