OGDEN -- Inside the Marshall White Community Center, dancers twirled and their colorful skirts swirled onstage.
Outside, flashy restored cars risked the chance of spring rain to line up for a car show at the Cinco de Mayo celebration hosted by the center and the Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership.
Some of the cars could dance too, bouncing and hopping on hydraulics.
For the kids, there were pinatas, crafts, facepainting, bounce houses and fish ponds.
Vendors inside and outside sold food, while community groups set up information booths for the hundreds of people who gathered.
Dance teacher Iri Reyes said her students had been practicing for months to learn regional dances from the states of Mexico -- Guerrero, Sinaloa, Michoacan, Jalisco and others.
"Each region has its own dances and costumes," she said in Spanish.
Reyes, originally from Sonora, Mexico, came to the United States in 2000 and began teaching dance two years later, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 27th Street and Jefferson.
"The best of all is that I don't charge to teach," Reyes said. "I like to teach -- it's my hobby."
She collects only a small amount to buy and make costumes for her dancers of all ages.
"The littlest dancer (on Wednesday) is two years old," Reyes said. "I dance and I'm 50 years old."
Ray Mendoza was standing next to his 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo lowrider when he heard that he'd won the People's Choice Best Car award in the car show.
The Monte Carlo is part of his family's history, Mendoza said.
His uncle bought it new in 1977, but after his uncle was murdered in 1981, his grandfather put the car away, unused, for years.
Mendoza got it he was 15 years old. He's been working on it ever since.
"It's just something I do on the side. I can't put everything into it, because I've got a family," he said, "but the little bit I can, I try."
Mendoza, 32, was born and raised in Ogden not far from the Marshall White Community Center on 28th Street.
He's been hooked on lowriders ever since he saw his first one raised and lowered on hydraulics.
"I grew up around here, around Ogden," he said. "I remember the first time I saw a lowrider. I looked over and I saw it coming up and down and I was like 'What? I want that when I get older.' I had to have that. Right there and then I got hooked."
His Monte Carlo isn't just a showpiece, though he's won a few times at different shows.
"I drive it -- they're made to drive, it's a car," he said.
But not every day.
"It's a sunny afternoon type of thing, in the summer," Mendoza said. "This one doesn't see rain, doesn't see snow."
Except maybe Wednesday, as a few drops fell here and there. Mendoza looked doubtfully at the overcast sky. "I hope it doesn't rain."
The lowrider style comes from a Chicano background, he said, but anyone can participate.
It's stereotyped, he said, but it's not about gangs.
Mendoza is a member of the Respect Car Club, but he'd help anyone from another club who cared about the cars, he said.
"Lowriding is just a beautiful thing. It's an art. It's a life, it's a lifestyle," he said. "Anybody can do it, but you've got to know what it is to do it."