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5/8/05-Tyler

Cinco De Mayo Celebration Moves To Bigger Venue

It's the biggest event the East Texas Hispanic community puts on each year.

Tyler's Cinco De Mayo celebration attracted several thousand people throughout the day. For the first time, the festival was held at the East Texas State Fair Grounds because it has outgrown all of its old locations.

There was fun for everyone, from a jalapeno eating contest to dancing to free pints of ice cream.

Cinco De Mayo celebrates Mexico's victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla.

"We want to pass it on the grandchildren of the future, our kids. They need to remember what's Mexico about," Salvador Ruiz, one festival goer, said.

"We want to blend both cultures and make something rich, something big," Julia Basurto, one of the festival's performers, said. "And we want to share the feeling to other people."

They shared their culture through music and dance. And even Congressman Louie Gohmert stopped by to entertain the crowd, dancing to a Latin beat.

Julie Tam, reporting. jtam@kltv.com

 

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