Waterloo Heights team brings Mexico to residents

Cinco de Mayo was celebrated with food and fun
6/4/2021  - Deron Hamel

Waterloo Heights team members recently collaborated to treat residents to a taste of Mexico with all the bells and whistles.

On May 5, the Waterloo, Ont. seniors living residence celebrated Cinco de Mayo with Mexican food and drink in an atmosphere of colourful and festive decorations.

There were palm trees hanging from the ceiling as well as colourful piñatas, sombreros, an inflatable cactus, pineapples and other décor to give the occasion authenticity, explains activity director Jacqui Reid.

“It felt like we were on a Mexican beach,” she tells S&R Today.

Residents could have their picture taken in a photo booth with props that was set up for people making their way into or out of the dining room.

The Waterloo Heights dietary team prepared snacks that included quesadillas, nachos and chocolate-filled churros, a type of doughnut popular throughout Latin America.

Of course, a trip to a Mexican beach is not complete without tropical drinks, so team members prepared banana daiquiris with mango-flavoured rum that was enjoyed by all.

Residents also dressed for the occasion.

“The residents dressed in their tropical colours and had a great fiesta,” Jacqui says.

Cinco de Mayo – which translates to “fifth of May” – honours the Mexican army’s defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, during the French occupation of Mexico.

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