A Cinco de Mayo celebration enlivened the Japanese/American Memorial Garden on May 5 with music and dance. The event was sponsored by Adams State Cultural Awareness & Student Achievement and featured performances by Semillas de la Tierra, ASC Salsa Performance Team, and the ASC Percussion Ensemble.
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican militia’s defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin led his troops to victory in the city of Puebla and delayed France’s advance toward Mexico City. It has become a rich celebration of Mexican pride and heritage and is frequently mistaken as Mexican Independence Day.