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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo (video)

By Andrew Mitchell -
May 4, 2013 at 12:04 a.m.

The Haines family, from left, Wendy, Sophie, 7 months, Mike Sr. and Michael Jr., 2, play with a bubble gun together during the Cinco de Mayo celebration in downtown Victoria. The event Saturday was hosted by the Minority Business Council of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce.

Bright colors, boisterous music and the laughter of children filled downtown Victoria on Saturday in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

The event, hosted by the Minority Business Council of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, had live music, food and beverage vendors, folklorico dancers and bounce castles for the kids.

The live music included Presion, Grupo Vida, 24/7, S.A.G Los Amigos, Elida Reyna y Avante and Jay Perez. There were also VISD mariachi band and ballet folklorico dancers, YMCA zumba dancers and a drumline.

Mario Garcia, a board member on the Minority Business Council, said he hoped the event and music lineup would have a large public turnout.

"We wanted to make sure that we gave something to the community this year, and that's doing it for free and having a lineup like we have right now that gives them little bit of everything," Garcia said.

Garcia also said one of the key objectives of the event was to raise money for scholarships in Victoria.

"Next year, we're planning big. We are going to do a two-day event, so this is a start, and next year, we are going to continue to have a big show," Garcia said.

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