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Cinco de Mayo lets us celebrate other cultures

This Saturday Great Bend will hold its 19th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival.
When the festival was new to our city, we spent a lot of time explaining what Cinco de Mayo was and even how to pronounce it (Sink-o dee MY-o). The name means “Fifth of May,” and it’s an actual holiday in Mexico — celebrating Mexico’s victory over an invading French army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1856.
But Cinco de Mayo in the United States is often the name of a cultural festival, rather than a holiday. In fact, while this year’s ...

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