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Cinco de Mayo - Cleveland

Cinco de Mayo
Cleveland City Hall
May 4, 2012

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 4, 2012.

The Alma de Mexico dancers entertained the crowd before the ceremony.

Alma de Mexico dancers at Cleveland Cinco de Mayo

Alma de Mexico dancers Anita Cruz and Jackie Prosac




Alma de Mexico dancer Jackie Prosac

Alma de Mexico dancer Jackie Prosac

Alma de Mexico dancer Anita Cruz

Alma de Mexico dancer Anita Cruz




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

Ed Romero

Ed Romero

A Police Color Guard began the ceremony.

Cleveland Police Color Guard

Cleveland Police Color Guard


This was followed by the singing of the US National Anthem by Clayton Harris, Chief of Police of Tri-C.

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

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


Then the Mexican National Anthem was played.

Pastor Jesus Laboy gave the opening invocation.

Pastor Jesus Laboy

Pastor Jesus Laboy


Mayor Frank Jackson, Director Blaine Griffin, Hispanic Liasion Lucy Torres and others spoke.

Mayor Frank Jackson

Mayor Frank Jackson


Rick Reynolds of the City of Cleveland Community Relations Board gives some background and information about the Battle of Puebla and Cinco de Mayo

Rick Reynolds of the City of Cleveland Community Relations Board

Rick Reynolds




Ward 14 Cleveland Councilman Brian Cummins represents the largest number of Hispanics in Cleveland in his ward. He spoke in Spanish and English.

Ward 14 Cleveland Councilman Brian Cummins

Brian Cummins




Dr. Maria Pujana introduced the keynote speaker Dr. Jorge Calles-Escandon, M.D.

Dr. Maria Pujana

Dr. Maria Pujana




Dr. Jorge Calles-Escandon, M.D. gave the keynote address at Cleveland City Hall to celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2012. He suggested that Cleveland should be renamed Cleverland.

Dr. Jorge Calles-Escandon, M.D.

Dr. Jorge Calles-Escandon, M.D.




Dr. Jorge Calles-Escandon, M.D.


The Mariachi Band of Indianapolis performed.

Mariachi Band of Indianapolis

Mariachi Band of Indianapolis

Viva Mexico.




Mariachi Band of Indianapolis

La Bamba




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

Dr. Jorge Calles-Escandon with son, wife and Mayor Jackson

Dr. Jorge Calles-Escandon with son, wife and Mayor Jackson


Mark George and Hiram DeJesus

Mark George and Hiram DeJesus


Adrian Ortega

Adrian Ortega


In the Mayor's Red Room

In the Mayor's Red Room


Mayor Jackson and Dr. Jorge Calles-Escandon

Mayor Jackson and Dr. Jorge Calles-Escandon


Andres Gonzalez and


Maria Pujana table


At Cleveland Cinco de Mayo


Pierre Bejjani and Mark George

Pierre Bejjani and Mark George


Brian Cummins and


Pastor Laboy and Blaine Griffin

Hiram DeJesus

Hiram DeJesus


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