Cinco de Mayo in Trump era leaves Mexican-Americans torn

Malcolm Fuller
May 9, 2017

"On Cinco de Mayo we recognize the anniversary of Mexico's victory at the Battle of Puebla, and we celebrate the strong U.S. -Mexico relationship that has stemmed from our nations' similar revolutionary beginnings", said Sen.

The once-obscure holiday marking a 19th century-battle between Mexico and invading French forces is now a regular celebration in the USA, where party-goers flock to bars for cheap margaritas and tacos.

During their first association meeting, Clark said the members discussed other possible cultural celebrations they could sponsor in the future, including a Lunar New Year festival and an even larger Cinco de Mayo celebration next year, when it falls on a Saturday.

Trump himself has not released a statement about Cinco de Mayo this year, but he has done so in the past.

Arreola is a Mexican immigrant and says the day shouldn't be about political agenda. Pence said in Spanish at the start of the celebration.

The holiday was created in America during the Civil War.

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Riverside: 110th Cinco de Mayo Parade and Fiesta in the city's Casa Blanca neighborhood, 10 a.m.to 9 p.m., Villegas Park, 3091 Esperanza St., Riverside. "The president has made the Latino community a priority and we always will", Pence said.

"They have this misconception about how Mexicans dress and how Mexicans act and how Mexicans are all partying and all that good stuff, however you want to put it, but it's not only that".

She added Mexican culture is colorful and that the flowers are often used for decoration. "But when anyone makes an ignorant comment about my culture, it does affect me". They include displaying of banners and events highlighting Mexican culture, music and regional dancing, as well as school districts holding special events to educate students about its historical significance. To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, taking place Friday this year, try this recipe for salsa by Sammy Millan, executive chef at Buck & Honey's Restaurant.

"I think politics have nothing to do with it", said Shannon Murphy, a Cape Coral resident.

However, Cinco de Mayo is not celebrated in most of the rest of Mexico.

Associated Press writer Adriana Gomez Licon reported this story in Miami.

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