Cinco de Mayo Celebration

May 4, 2009 10:00:57 AM PDT
Thousands celebrated a little early SundayCinco de Mayo isn't technically until Tuesday, but that didn't stop thousands from celebrating a little early on Sunday. Ballet folkloric dancers in colorful costumes took to the streets of old town Clovis, but they weren't the only ones putting on a show, the dancing puppets also showed off some moves.

And of course, it wouldn't be a party without plenty of food and vendor booths. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army's victory over the much larger and better equipped French forces at the Battle of Puebla, but the holiday is actually celebrated more in the U.S. than in Mexico.

John Hernandez with Central California Hispanic Chamber said, "Cinco de Mayo is not only a Mexican Holiday, it's really kind of become a St. Patrick's' day in America. We're real proud of that fact. Everyone is Mexican on this day. "

This was the third annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in old town Clovis, organized by the central California Hispanic Chamber.

But this year, health concerns were a big priority, organizers say they put up signs reminding people to wash their hands and they made sure there was plenty of soap and water.

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