By Mila Besich-Lira
For the sixth straight year the Superior Substance Abuse Coalition held their drug and alcohol free celebration. While the Cinco de Mayo holiday has become more about sipping margarita’s and taking tequila shots the SSAC provides a family friendly cultural celebration.
This year with funding from Cenpatico Behavioral Health and other community sponsors the event remained free to all the participants. Over 100 participants enjoyed piñata busts, a Mexican dinner prepared by Los Hermanos Restaurant and entertainment from Baile Folklorico Alma de Superior and Mariachi Ensueno from Tucson. The two youth groups entertained the crowd with cultural dance and music. The kids enjoyed climbing a rock wall which was rented for the afternoon.
Each year the SSAC selects a king and queen to reign over the festivities. To earn the title of students from Superior Junior/Senior High are encouraged to write an essay, this year the students were asked to write about how they stay away from doing drugs. Over 50 essays were submitted by students in 7th-12th grades. The royalty for the 2013 Fiesta were: Queen, Kassandra Baltierra, an eighth grader at Superior Junior High; and King, Armando Sandoval, a senior at Superior High School.
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