Primary School Hosts Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Mexican Americans all over East Texas are celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

Students at Garrett Primary School in Lufkin had a big party with traditional Mexican food, decorations, and other treats.  The students learned all about the historic holiday and what it means for Mexican culture.

A lot of people still believe the fifth of May is independence day for Mexico, but it's actually the date of a small military victory.

"We went to start the party and then we came to the classroom and then we ate candy and fruit," said student, Jackeline Jones.

May 5, 1862 is the day an ill-equipped Mexican army defeated French troops. Mexico's real independence day is September 16th.

The annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in Lufkin is set for Saturday at Kiwanis Park.  The fun starts at 11:00 a.m. and doesn't end until 5:00 p.m.