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Cinco de Mayo - Cleveland

Cinco de Mayo
Cleveland City Hall
May 5, 2015

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 specifically but for the Hispanic and broader community as well. A luncheon event was held at Cleveland City Hall on May 5, 2015.

The Santa Cecilia Mariachi Band entertained the crowd before the ceremony.

Santa Cecilia Mariachi Band

Santa Cecilia Mariachi Band


They performed the classic Mexican folk song La Bamba at the City of Cleveland's 2015 Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall



The Santa Cecilia Mariachi Band also performed this classic Mexican folk song.



The Cleveland Division of Police Color Guard presented the colors.

Cleveland Division of Police Color Guard

Cleveland Division of Police Color Guard


Lisa Guzman-Roman sang the US National Anthem.

Lisa Guzman-Roman

Lisa Guzman-Roman


Next, the National Anthem of Mexico was played.

National Anthem of Mexico

National Anthem of Mexico


The Invocation was given by Reverend Eddie Negron.

Reverend Eddie Negron invocation

Reverend Eddie Negron invocation


Lou Acosta, MC of the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Cleveland explained the holiday at the City of Cleveland's 2015 Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.

Lou Acosta

Lou Acosta


He then introduced Community Relations Board Director Blaine Griffin who spoke of Cleveland's diversity.



Blaine Griffin

Blaine Griffin

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson spoke next.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson



Consul of Mexico in Detroit Juan Manuel Solana Morales spoke at the City of Cleveland's 2015 Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall. He told of the 51 Mexican Consulates in the US and the first non-Consulate location at MetroHealth Hospital in Cleveland.

Consul of Mexico in Detroit Juan Manuel Solana Morales

Consul of Mexico in Detroit Juan Manuel Solana Morales

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur spoke next.

Congressman Marcy Kaptur

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur



Marcy Kaptur and Lucy Torres

Marcy Kaptur and Lucy Torres

Navidad Pagan was honored with a Community Award.

Blaine Griffin, Navidad Pagan and Lucy Torres

Blaine Griffin, Navidad Pagan and Lucy Torres


The HOLA Mexican Dancers performed classic Mexican dances.

HOLA Mexican Dancers

HOLA Mexican Dancers

See videos and photos of their performance

As people were served lunch, the Santa Cecilia Mariachi Band performed this classic Mexican folk song.



Enjoy these other images from Cinco de Mayo 2015 in Cleveland

Young Mexican Boys


Young Mexican girls


Mayor Jackson and Blaine Griffin

Mayor Jackson and Blaine Griffin


Lucy Torres dancing


Council President Kevin Kelley

Council President Kevin Kelley


Consul Morales

Consul Morales


Lou Acosta and Marcy Kaptur

Lou Acosta and Marcy Kaptur


Councilman Brian Cummins

Councilman Brian Cummins


Consul Morales with Cleveland Mexican Americans

Consul Morales with Cleveland Mexican Americans


Marcy Kaptur, Consul Morales and group


Consul Morales and Lucy Torres

Consul Morales and Lucy Torres


HOLA Mexican Dancers - videos and photos


Happy Cinco de Mayo


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