Stockton group prepares to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style

March 27, 2012 by  

The Council for the Spanish Speaking recently announced the time and date of its annual Cinco de Mayo Family Festival in Stockton. Organizers plan to hold the event on Sunday, May 6th, from 10am to 6pm.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory achieved by the Mexican army over French forces on May 5, 1862, in Puebla, Mexico. Mexico’s success plays an important role in the history of the United States as well. American President, Abraham Lincoln and Mexican President, Benito Juarez sought to prevent the French from establishing a presence in North America. Consequently, both countries formed an allegiance that fostered positive ties. Statues in honor of Lincoln can be found throughout Mexico, while Juarez is honored in a similar way throughout the States.

According to historians, the first formal Cinco de Mayo festivals were organized in the 1960s by California college students seeking a way to celebrate their Mexican heritage. The Mexican flag serve as the inspiration for the official colors of Cinco de Mayo, red, white and green. Green symbolizes hope and independence, red for religion and honors heroes who died fighting for the country, and white epitomizes unity and purity.

This year’s event will be held at the Weber Point Event Center. The cost of admission will be $2 for adults and children over the age of 10. Event organizers plan to have a petting zoo, games, bounce houses, and clowns for children. There will also be arts and crafts exhibits and activities as well as authentic Mexican food and dancers. Flyer printing services are integral to the promotion of such events. Flyers and pamphlets allow event managers to market and inform the public about such great community events in an efficient and affordable manner.