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East Carbon will go all out for Cinco de Mayo


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By C.J. MCMANUS
Sun Advocate reporter

It's Viva la Mexico once again in East Carbon as local citizens gear up to host their sixth annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. The festival has been growing steadily since 2005 as more and more of the Castle Valley attends. It is scheduled to take place in the East Carbon Viking Park starting May 5.

"We were introduced to the idea of a Cinco de Mayo celebration by Mayor (Orlando) LaFontaine," said longtime committee member and East Carbon resident Mary Howell. "There has been steady growth at every celebration and we are hoping that 2011 we be our biggest and best event yet."

This year's festivities will kick off with a full scale carnival which will open in the Viking Park on May 5. According to those who have planned the festivities, Extreme Inc. Carnivals will be bringing both adult and children's rides to the event as well as games for individuals of any age.

This year's festivities will kick off with a full scale carnival which will open in the Viking Park on May 5. According to those who have planned the festivities, Extreme Inc. Carnivals will be bringing both adult and children's rides to the event as well as games for individuals of any age.

"It's a gamble bringing in something this big but we are confident about a great turnout once again this year," said Howell. "We just want to make sure everyone who comes has a great time."

According to those in the committee, it's not just the local Latino community that has made Cinco de Mayo a success, if fact the reason behind the exponential growth of the event seems to be tied to support by all within the melting pot that is the Castle Country.

"We get so much support from both Carbon and Emery County, in fact a large group comes from Huntington every year," explained Howell. "This has truly become a celebration for the whole of the Castle Country."

From multiple and varied vendors to a large selection of entertainment and authentic ethnic food, Cinco de Mayo does offer a little something for everyone. That variety coupled with an inherent "good-time" spirit, make the East Carbon celebration hard to pass up.

It is a common misconception that Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of Mexican independence, it is however, the commemoration of a great military victory. A victory, which links the history of Mexico and the United States.

On the morning of May 5, 1862, 4,000 Mexican soldiers defeated French forces estimated at over 8,000 at Puebla, Mexico, 100 miles east of Mexico City. This victory effectively ended French hopes of occupation in the young Mexican nation, while simultaneously delaying Napoleon III's efforts to resupply the confederate south.

"Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican culture in the United States," concluded Howell. "We are so proud to host a celebration of our own in East Carbon and we will keep the event going for as long as we can."

Again the celebration will begin with a Carnival on Thursday, May 5 and continue through Saturday. On Saturday, the festivities will get started with breakfast in Viking Park and continue through the day, concluding with an adult dance Saturday night.

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