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April 29, 2014 > Viva Mexico!

Viva Mexico!

Mexican heritage and pride will be on full display in celebration of Cinco de Mayo (May 5th). This holiday memorializes a historic battle of liberation that revealed the spirit and fortitude of the Mexican people.

In 1862, over six thousand French soldiers landed at Veracruz to conquer Mexico. They marched to the city of Puebla under the command of General Lorencez and were met by General Ignacio Zaragoza and his Mexican army of 3,500 ill-equipped and poorly trained men. Despite formidable odds, the Mexicans were victorious, inflicting numerous casualties and forcing the French to retreat. Though this triumph did not end the struggle between Mexico and France, the Battle of Puebla on May 5th has been commemorated with festivals, parades, and dances that honor Mexican culture.

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo and Hayward area Latino and Hispanic history, La Alianza de Hayward presents their annual cultural festivities on Saturday, May 3. The organization honors those of Mexican heritage who have made and continue to make significant contributions to the City of Hayward. La Alianza promotes leadership, civic pride and community involvement. A free, family-friendly Cinco de Mayo event offers entertainment by Inlak ech Azteca, Ballet Folcl—rico Jalisco, Grupo Tlapalli, Ballet Costa de Oro, Mariachi Juvenil de Hayward, Ballet Folcl—rico Xochipili, and Quebradita. Food offered by Metro Taquero and Ch‡vez Market will be available as well as pi–atas, games for kids, and dancing; youth scholarships will also be awarded.

NewPark Malls Cultural Corner will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with artwork from Bay Area and internationally acclaimed artist Diego Marcial Rios. The featured artist for the month of May, RiosÕ exhibit showcases Mexican themes and tradition through masks and paintings. The artist will be at the gallery on May 3rd and 4th, painting a 5Õ x 9Õ mural.

Celebracion del Cinco de Mayo
Saturday, May 3
10 a.m. Ð 5 p.m.
City Hall Plaza
777 B St, Hayward
(510) 732-2746
http://www.zermeno.com/LaAlianzadeHayward.html
Free

Cultural Corner Exhibit: Diego Marcial Rios
Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4
11:30 a.m. Ð 2:30 p.m.
Cultural Corner
NewPark Mall
2086 NewPark Mall, Newark
(510) 794-5523
http://www.newparkmall.com
Free

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