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05/02/06 - Lufkin

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations Planned in East Texas

by Ramonica R. Jones

This Friday is Cinco de Mayo and several celebrations are being planned across East Texas. More than 8,000 people will attend the festival this weekend in Lufkin.

Tuesday, the Angelina County Historical Commission met with members of the Hispanic community to find out why May 5th is an important holiday. The recent immigration protests are expected to have a major impact on Cinco de Mayo celebrations in East Texas.

Dickie Dixon, Angelina County Historical Commission program chairman, said, "I think that that will help galvanize the unity in the Latino/Hispanic community and give them even more of a reason to unite."

Many people still think Cinco de Mayo marks the independence of Mexico, but it actually celebrates the victory of the Mexican army over the French army. The Battle of Puebla happened on May 5, 1862.

The 10th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival will be held in Lufkin this Saturday. It starts at 11:00 in the morning in Kiwanis Park. There will be live music, games, rides, and the crowning of Miss Cinco de Mayo.

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