Congresswoman Maxine Waters marked the 10th Anniversary of hosting the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 3 at Green Meadows Park in South Los Angeles.
More than 400 turned out for the celebration in spite of Saturdays rain showers that forced the celebration inside the Green Meadows Recreation Center.
Congresswoman Waters reminded those in attendance that the observance of Cinco de Mayo is a tribute to courage.
The Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 showed that with courage and will all battles can be won, she said. That battle of 141 years ago serves as an example for us today as we continue to struggle to achieve justice and equality in this country. This is a shared struggle for Latinos and African Americans alike.
Rep. Waters also mentioned members of the Latino community who had applied for U.S. citizenship and who displayed their courage and allegiance to America by serving in the military during the war in Iraq. She said these brave men and women should be awarded U.S. citizenship.
Anyone who has the patriotism and courage to fight and risk their lives for this nation, surely deserves the respect of becoming a citizen of this nation, she said.
This years celebration was dedicated to the late Carlos L. Holguin, who pioneered the observance of Cinco de Mayo in South Los Angeles by organizing Cinco de Mayo parades in 1979. He continued to be active in the community until his death in April at the age of 98.
For his continued service to his community, Rep. Waters honored Carlos Holguin with a special award, which was accepted by his son, Ernie, and the Holguin family.
A special award was also presented to Lorenzo Flores of El Tapatio Markets for his unwavering support of the annual Green Meadows celebration.
Mr. Flores and El Tapatio Markets have made Cinco de Mayo a tradition in our community, Waters said. We extend our heartfelt thanks to El Tapatio. Without their commitment and support, none of this would be possible.
For the rest of the afternoon, the assembled crown enjoyed musical entertainment by MC BLVD, Slorider, Mika and the traditional Aztec dance group Cuauhtemoc. Attendees also enjoyed food and refreshments provided by US Vets and El Tapatio Markets. The all-day family event also included raffle prizes for the children throughout the day and a grand prize of an electric scooter and helmet. Community information booths and a dental health mobile were also present.
The event is in its 10th year of bringing the Green Meadows community of South Los Angeles together in a positive atmosphere to celebrate this holiday, Waters said. Once again families, neighbors and friends were able to enjoy a relaxed, fun day that the wet weather could not spoil.
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