Celebrating Cinco De Mayo

Cinco de Mayo in the Time of the Trump Era

The Cinco de Mayo festival is open from 10 a.m.to 8 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at Civic Center Park.

Cinco de Mayo, or the Fifth of May, marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 despite being vastly outnumbered.

"The reason it became more popular (in the US during that time) was in part because of the Good Neighbor policy", Jose Alamillo, a professor of ethnic studies at Washington State University in Pullman, told National Geographic, referring to the USA government's effort to reach out to neighboring countries. The battle wasn't a decisive turning point, and the French ended up taking Mexico City a year later and ruling for about three more years.

"This is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico", the email continued, "however, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations". So, a little poignant, eh?

Gonzaga University warned students that "non-Mexican individuals" should keep from cultural appropriation that often happens on Cinco De Mayo.

North Korea goes back to the future, by 30 minutes
The White House hasn't said whether Trump is willing to place USA troop levels on the negotiating table when he meets with Kim. For many in the region, giving up that protection is an unsettling prospect, even if peace comes to the peninsula.

"If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI", an LBPD statement said.

She's offering a workshop Saturday at 2 p.m. for all ages, where you can learn how to create your very own piñata.

Realize that not all Spanish-speakers are Mexican, and not all Mexicans speak Spanish.

With so much to do, how can you choose?

Consider the real-world repercussions of your political choices and how they affect Mexicans.

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