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The Yakima Valley celebrates it cultural heritage with huge Cinco de Mayo festivals and activities. In Mexico, the holiday is observed as a way to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th.. In the US, the festival originated as a way for Mexican-American communities to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. Today, the holiday is celebrated in greater numbers in the US as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.
This year’s festivities in the valley will kick off on May 2nd and culminate on May 3rd with the largest celebrations taking place in Yakima and Sunnyside.
This year's festival in Yakima will feature a car show, 3-on-3 basketball and soccer tourneys, a Miss Cinco De Mayo pageant, and lots of great music. New citizens and veterans will also be recognized at this year's event.
In Sunnyside, enjoy live music, street food, the annual Cinco de Mayo pageant, along with carnival rides.
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