The Meaning Of Cinco De Mayo

It is celebrated with festivals and parades here in the states and is a weekend long celebration.

South Omaha has always been a cultural marketplace of diversity.

That diversity comes alive on Cinco de Mayo.

But it's not just a festival of rides and amusement.

"It's an opportunity to share and to learn and to appreciate and rejoice and reflect in what has happened and try to find a way to get along better," said South Omaha native Magdalena Garcia. She started el Museo Latino in 1983.

The community has grown dramatically during that time.

"The largest percentage is Mexican but we have representation from all countries in Latin America and not just in numbers but in services and talents that are brought to this part of the country but to this part of the city," she said.

"It's grown significantly," Maria Vazquez said. "A few years ago when I participated or at least came to view the parade...I was amazed. it was just a sea of people."

Vazquez also grew up in South Omaha.

She said it took time for her to discover the true meaning of Cinco de Mayo.

"To really talk through what it is that we're celebrating what does it mean," she said. "How is it relevant to us today and not just Mexican Americans and Mexicans not just Latinos everyone could learn something from the tenacity of the Mexican army."

Garcia said under the surface, that tenacity still exists and springs forth along South 24th Street on the 5th of May.

"We always had the diversity and the different countries living and working together and now that it's the in thing and its popular I think that its important to learn from each other and gain an appreciation of what each one of us as individuals have to contribute," she said.

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