Cinco de Mayo in Kennett Square draws thousands
By Richard Gaw
From Broad Street on one end to well past Meredith Street on the other, State Street in Kennett Square was alive this past Sunday with colors, music and food as a crowd of more than 5,000 flocked to the 15th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration.
The original reason for the celebration of Cinco de Mayo – commemorating the Mexican army's victory over the French army at the 1862 Battle of Puebla – may have been lost on a few of the thousands in attendance, but all was quickly forgiven. In a town that has become known throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and beyond for its celebrations, Sunday's event was a mile-long love letter to Mexican culture.
For more than six hours, friends, families and foodies strolled up and down the street, stopping at the displays by more than 80 vendors, enjoying the joyous sounds of the Mariachi Flores band, dancing to the music played by disc jockeys, or digging into sizzling and seasoned beef and chicken, tantalizing tacos and fruity drinks served in hollowed-out pineapples.
The event was sponsored by Casa Guanajuato of Kennett Square and Univision 65, the largest Spanish-speaking television station in the United States.
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