ST. CLOUD, Minn.- A holiday in Mexico and in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.
St Cloud State University students are beginning to countdown the days until graduation, and while some students are ordering their cap and gowns others are preparing a celebration of another kind.
Rogerio Lopez a St. Cloud State University student from Mexico City said, “Well Cindo de Mayo is very important in Mexico because we celebrate our victory toward the French army because the president of Mexico suspended some of the debts that Mexico had toward France, Spain, and Britain.”
Lopez also talked about how most of the battle was fought in the city of Pueblas, however Lopez said that, “In the U.S. it is also a very important date because we show that we are proud to be Mexican and we are proud of our heritage and our culture.”
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated all over theUnited Staes and Mexico with parades, parties, Mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods such as tacos and guacamole.
Lopez said, “It could be used for another type of holiday but for Mexican Americans it is more like their pride.”
St. Cloud is hosting their first ever Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on May 6th 12-5pm at Waite Park.