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Cinco De Mayo Celebrated In Tyler

Wednesday is the traditional "Cinco De Mayo" celebration throughout the Mexican community. Sunday at Lindsey Park in Tyler, thousands got a head start on the festivities.

The music was good, and so was the food, but they were not the only things bringing people out to celebrate Cinco De Mayo in Tyler.

"It's just a place to come out here, and have fun," said Alex Hernandez, President of the Hispanic American Association of East Texas.

From it's small beginnings at the Tyler library to a community wide celebration drawing over 5,000 people each year. Some say it's a sign of the times.

"More than anything it shows the population is growing, not only that it shows involvement," said Tyler resident Randy Rocha. "I think the Hispanic community, they've always been family oriented, but the involvement in the community is a lot stronger and I think you're gonna see that more and more."

Hernandez said it's for everybody.

"It's not just Hispanics that come out here you know white, black, red, green, they're all coming out here to get to know what the Spanish culture is like the Hispanic culture get to know it, get to see it.. get to eat it."

It was the 8th year for the celebration in Tyler in it's current form. The event had to be moved a couple of years ago from Bergfeld Park so more people could attend. The event is put on each year by the Hispanic American Association of East Texas.

Chris Gibson, reporting

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