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Hundreds celebrate Cinco de Mayo

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

 

Hundreds turned out to celebrate Mexico's culture, heritage and pride for Saturday's Cinco de Mayo festival in downtown Jackson.

There was something for everyone. The festivities included carnival rides for the kids to traditional Mexican cuisine and even a parade.

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's independence day, but rather a commemoration of the Mexican Army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

The festival even had a pageant, and contestant Emily East's mother says it means a lot to her that her daughter can be a part of something like this.

 

In addition, children could get their faces painted and vendors sold a variety of trinkets for people of all ages.

The celebration lasts until 11 p.m. Saturday night.

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