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Cinco de Mayo - Cleveland

Cinco de Mayo
Cleveland City Hall
May 5, 2011

For the most part, the holiday of Cinco de Mayo is more of a regional holiday in Mexico, celebrated most vigorously in the state of Puebla. The 5th of May celebrates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is not Mexico's Independence Day which is celebrated on September 16th.

The City of Cleveland celebrates Cinco de Mayo out of respect for its Mexican population. A luncheon event was held at Cleveland City Hall on May 5, 2011.

Eduardo Romero, Risk Manager for the City of Cleveland, served as Master of Ceremony.

Eduardo Romero at Podium

Eduardo Romero

A Police Color Guard began the ceremony. This was followed by the singing of the US National Anthem by Clayton Harris, Chief of Police of Tri-C. Then the Mexican National Anthem was played.

Cleveland Police Color Guard

Cleveland Police Color Guard

Singing of the US National Anthem by Clayton Harris, Chief of Police of Tri-C

Clayton Harris



Cleveland Police Color Guard


Father Robert Reidy of La Sagrada Familia church gave the opening invocation.

Father Robert Reidy

Father Robert Reidy



Father Robert Reidy


Then Lucy Torres, Hispanic Liaison for the Cleveland Community Relations Board, made some opening remarks.

Ed Romero and Lucy Torres

Lucy Torres

Lucy Torres, Hispanic Liaison for the Cleveland Community Relations Board


Next Mayor Frank Jackson spoke.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson with Eduardo Romero and Lucy Torres

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson



Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson


Then, Cleveland Community Relations Board Director Blaine Griffin spoke.

Cleveland Community Relations Board Director Blaine Griffin

Blaine Griffin




Cleveland Community Relations Board Member Jenice Contreras introduced keynote speaker Mexican Consul Vincente Sanchez-Ventura.

Cleveland Community Relations Board  Member Jenice Contreras

Jenice Contreras




Mexican Consul Vincente Sanchez-Ventura gave the keynote address.

Mexican Consul Vincente Sanchez-Ventura

Mexican Consul Vincente Sanchez-Ventura



Mexican Consul Vincente Sanchez-Ventura

Mexican Consul Vincente Sanchez-Ventura speaking

Mexican Consul Vincente Sanchez-Ventura with Lucy Torres and Mayor Jackson

Lucy Torres and Mayor Jackson present a gift
to Consul Vincente Sanchez-Ventura


Mayor Jackson reads proclamation for Mexican Consul Vincente Sanchez-Ventura

Mayor Jackson reads a proclamation for the Consul

Cleveland Councilman Brian Cummins and  Consul Sanchez-Ventura

Cleveland Councilman Brian Cummins and Consul Sanchez-Ventura

Luis Gomez read a tribute from Congressman Kucinich as part of an honor to Zulema Carreon.

Luis Gomez

Luis Gomez



Pastor Luis Vizcarrondo gave the closing Benediction.

Pastor Luis Vizcarrondo

Pastor Luis Vizcarrondo

Aztec Dance performed while people enjoyed the food from Lily's Catering.

Aztec Dance performing

Aztec Dance

Lily's Catering

Lily's Catering


Enjoy these images from the Cinco de Mayo celebration in City Hall.

Maria Pujana and Eduardo Romero

Maria Pujana and Eduardo Romero


Head Table at Cinco de Mayo event

Head Table at Cinco de Mayo event


Lucy Torres

Lucy Torres


Joe Thomas, Joe Meissner and Pierre Bejjani from WIN-Cleveland

Joe Thomas, Joe Meissner and Pierre Bejjani from WIN-Cleveland


WIN Cleveland members with Mexican Consul Sanchez-Ventura

WIN Cleveland members with Mexican Consul Sanchez-Ventura


Red Room meeting before the celebration

Red Room meeting before the celebration


Richard Eastburn, Asim Datta, Donna Dabbs, Gia Hoa Ryan and Arooj Ashraff

Richard Eastburn, Asim Datta, Donna Dabbs, Gia Hoa Ryan
and Arooj Ashraff from WIN Cleveland




Cinco de Mayo at Cleveland City Hall


Cinco de Mayo at Cleveland City Hall


Dan Hanson and Mexican Consul Vincente Sanchez-Ventura

Dan Hanson and Mexican Consul Vincente Sanchez-Ventura


Mexican Flag in Cleveland City Hall for Cinco de Mayo

Mexican Flag in Cleveland City Hall for Cinco de Mayo


Congratulations to Eduardo Romero, Lucy Torres and all involved in this wonderful celebration.


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