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Cinco de Mayo Celebration May 5

May 1, 2009

Dynamic music, dancing, food, color, and history are all part of the Colorado State University celebration of Cinco de Mayo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 5 on the Lory Student Center Plaza.

Join us on the Lory Student Center Plaza to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! There will be food, live music, dancing, and breaking of piñatas.

Schedule of activities

10-10:45 a.m.  Music

10:45-11:15 a.m.  Grupo Folklorico Flor Antigua

11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Kids games

11-11:30 a.m.  Songs by Harris Bilingual Elementary
11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.  Mariachi/Breaking of Piñata

noon-2 p.m.  Dance Group Quetzalcoatl  

History of Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May, is a day to celebrate a significant battle in Mexico's history. On May 5, 1862, 6,000 French soldiers and 2,000 allies began a march inland from the coast of Veracruz, expecting little resistance before a battle for Mexico City. They were surprised when they encountered 4,000 young Mexican soldiers in Puebla, just east of Mexico City.

Although outnumbered, outgunned and inexperienced in battle, the Mexican army turned the French back and was able to preserve the capital city for another year. The battle remains a source of pride and inspiration, which will be commemorated in the United States and Mexico on May 5 with song, dance, and festivities.


Sponsored by Multicultural Greek Council, the Lory Student Center Diversity Grant Program, and ASCSU.

Contact: Jennifer Macias
Phone: (970) 690-6093