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Jonesboro, AR--Lauren Payne Reports

Region 8 Celebrates Cinco De Mayo

May 15, 2004--Posted at 6:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO--There was a fiesta in downtown Jonesboro Saturday, while Region 8's Cinco De Mayo celebration happened later than planned, folks still filled up Main Street on Saturday to celebrate and learn about Mexican heritage.

The celebration offered something for everyone......authentic Mexican cuisine, live entertainment, piñatas, and numerous arts and crafts.

This event offers a little Hispanic culture for everyone.

"I think it's important that we appreciate the diversity and the growing number of Hispanics in the community. It's certainly beneficial for the community here," said visitor to the event, Tony Santellan.

The Hispanic Girl Scout Troop just started about two months ago, and is already up to around twenty members. Organizers of this troop says it's important for the girls to know their own culture, and share that knowledge with others.

"....to know their culture better, to know there culture and there heritage," said troop leader Bertha Sollorzano.

Cinco De Mayo is a festive day in Mexico celebrating the victory over a Spanish and French led invasion.

A Texas born general helped lead Mexico to victory thus the reason both countries celebrate Cinco De Mayo.

While there was a lot to be learned today.....there was also plenty of time for fun.

Hundreds turned out for the dancing, food, and festivities.

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