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April 30, 2013 > Celebrating Mexican heritage and pride

Celebrating Mexican heritage and pride

While not Mexico's Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, fostered by one battle that revealed a lot about its country's inhabitants.

In 1862, over six thousand French soldiers landed at Veracruz with the intention to conquer Mexico. They marched to the city of Puebla under the command of General Lorencez where they were faced by General Ignacio Zaragoza and his Mexican army of 3,500 ill-equipped and poorly trained men. Despite the odds against them, the Mexicans defeated the French army, inflicting numerous casualties and forcing a retreat. Though the battle did not end the struggle between Mexico and France, the victory of May 5th has been commemorated ever since - Cinco de Mayo.

Residents of the Tri-Cities can join festivities and cultural celebrations at the annual Celebracion del Cinco de Mayo in Hayward, presented by La Alianza de Hayward. The free all-day event is open to the whole family with music and dancing, Mexican food, pinatas and games for the kids, and other cultural treats.

Castro Valley Library will be hosting a free concert featuring El Mariachi Alegre, who will perform familiar songs in the Latin and Spanish tradition, and in Oakland Rumbache will be playing their popular sound in a free one-hour outdoor concert.

Celebracion del Cinco de Mayo
Saturday, May 4
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
City Hall Plaza
777 B St., Hayward
(510) 732-2746

Cinco de Mayo Concert
Sunday, May 5
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Castro Valley Library
3600 Norbridge Ave., Castro Valley
(510) 667-7900

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