2005-05-12 / Top Stories

It’s A Fiesta As P.S. 115 Celebrates Cinco De Mayo

Hundreds of students took part in a Cinco de Mayo celebration last week as the P.S. 115 schoolyard was transformed into a Mexican carnival, complete with traditional foods and activities. As youngsters munched on crunchy nachos, some tested their skills in the piñata throw while others showed off their talented voices singing “La Bamba” or dancing the time-honored Mexican hat dance.

(Below) Principal Mitch Pinsky, wearing a spiffy sombrero, and assistant principal Onica Sandy joined in the festive occasion.

Cinco de Mayo — the Fifth of May — commemorates the 1862 victory by Mexican forces, including ordinary citizens, over French soldiers. It is a day celebrated in the United States among the Mexican-American population, especially in the southwest. Various Mexican-American societies use the celebrations to commemorate the overthrow of the Mexican Imperial Monarchy headed by Maximilian of Austria. Yet, this date was established as symbolic of the Mexicans' courage against a formidable army.

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