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Cinco de Mayo celebration held at Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho

It’s a couple of days early, but the Consulate of Mexico and the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho teamed up to present a Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday at the Cultural Center.

In 1862, the people of Mexico won an unlikely victory against France — which is not to be confused with Mexico’s Independence Day against Spain in 1821, celebrated on Sept. 16.

“Cinco de Mayo encases the Mexican spirit that brings us together,” says Wilma Gandoy, deputy consul. “We are independent. We reaffirm that every time we celebrate Cinco de Mayo.”

The event featured food, mariachi, a guitar duo from Mexico and, of course, dancing.

“We get to dance our heritage,” says Bianco Almodovar, 17, with the Hispanic Folkloric Dancers of Idaho. “It shows our culture.”