(Victorville) – Music set the mood as festival goers approached the Cinco de Mayo celebration at Victor Valley College Saturday. The weather could not have been better.
The fragrance of kettle corn, funnel cakes, corn dogs and burritos hovered over the upper campus while people wandered among the booths and filled the shaded seating areas in front of each stage. Children played in the bounce houses, got their faces painted, and slid down the great slide.
Non-profit organizations, government agencies and businesses set up dozens of booths for the festival attendees. There were three stages with great entertainment including singers, dancers, and live bands – many dressed in colorful and ornate traditional costumes.
Lorrie Benson with the Victor Valley College Board remarked, “I think this is wonderful! I love Cinco de Mayo. I’ve been shopping, I’m going to be eating really soon, and I’m having a really good time. It is a nice turnout and a beautiful, beautiful day.”
In America, May 5 is often reserved as a day to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride. In Mexico, particularly the state of Puebla, the day commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, exactly 150 years ago.
The annual Cinco de Mayo celebration at VVC is hosted by the High Desert Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, The City of Victorville, Victor Valley College, and Wal-Mart.
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