Local college students celebrated Cinco de Mayo in an afternoon gathering Thursday that featured contests, dancing, free tacos and piñatas.
Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates the anniversary of theBattle of Puebla when Mexico’s weak army at the time defeated French forces, is observed Saturday most notably in the U.S. and Puebla, Mexico.
In the U.S., the date is observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.
The annual Cinco de Mayo celebration at Madera Community College was organized by Aztlan Spanish Club. Students, professors and staff were given free tacos, 41 people entered their homemade salsa in a contest and six people competed to see who could eat three green peppers in under one minute...