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May 2, 2000 | AGUSTIN GURZA
Well, it's that time of year again. I've got them over-hyped, beer-guzzling, hot-and-dusty Cinco de Mayo Blues. Some people get depressed at Christmas. I get in a funk over a Mexican holiday I never even heard of until I was in college. I ask you: How can a holiday have magic or meaning without childhood memories? I remember Thanksgiving feasts, egg hunts on Easter Sunday, paper shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day and family barbecues on the Fourth of July.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2000 | RICHARD S. GINELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One could make a satisfying afternoon out of music by Mexican composers, but the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra took a more generalized approach in its Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Wilshire-Ebell Theatre. Most of Sunday afternoon's program revolved around a hodgepodge of pieces that incorporated, in jazzman Jelly Roll Morton's words, the "Spanish tinge"--which made for a colorful menu, if not exactly a genuine Cinco de Mayo feast.
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May 3, 1996 | DAVID E. BRADY
"Viva Mexico!" went the cry from an outdoor stage at Cal State Northridge on Thursday. "Viva!" came the enthusiastic reply from a few hundred students scattered across the University Student Union for CSUN's first Cinco de Mayo festival. The hearty sound was coming not from a fiery student but from a 7-year-old girl. On stage, singer Tatiana Bolanos danced, gestured and sang with all the fury of a veteran performer as she closed out a three-song set.
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May 6, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
Strains of ancient Indian music filled the air as Montezuma, the last Aztec emperor of Mexico, emerged from behind stone sculptures adorning the outdoor Plaza of Mexican Heritage at Forest Lawn-Memorial Park. Montezuma--dressed in a flowing gold lame cape, feathered headdress and beaded breastplate, loincloth and boots--strode to the edge of the plaza and introduced himself to 200 students from Valley Alternative Magnet School in Van Nuys. "I am Mexico's last great emperor! Montezuma!"
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May 5, 1997 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They came, thousands of them, to taste and celebrate a bit of 19th century Mexican history that reverberates today. On Olvera Street in downtown L.A., people jammed the narrow passageways between the shops, eyeing gifts, sampling delicacies and moving to the rhythm of mariachi music. Sunday marked the finale of weekend celebrations for Cinco de Mayo--a day that represents the 1862 victory of the Mexican army against the better armed French.
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April 28, 1988 | LAURIE BECKLUND, Times Staff Writer
An attempt by a prominent black community group to reach out to Latinos by staging a Cinco de Mayo celebration has backfired, leading to public charges by a Latino group of racial insensitivity, and increased tension between black and Latino county employees.
NEWS
May 5, 1991 | CHARISSE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first Cinco de Mayo festival to be held in the community they share, Latinos and African-Americans came together on the streets of Watts Saturday to celebrate each other's culture and Mexico's long-ago victory over the French. Three children--two Latino and one black--held the banner that proclaimed the Cinco de Mayo Watts Parade, and they led marching bands, dancers and carloads of local politicians and celebrities through the heart of Watts as an estimated 10,000 people cheered them on.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 1994 | N.F. MENDOZA
In a salute to Cinco de Mayo, Latino role models will be profiled Sunday at 5 p.m on KCAL-TV Channel 9 in "Progress! The Spirit of Cinco de Mayo!" Guests include Rebuild L.A.'s president and CEO Linda Griego; businessman Gilbert de Cardenas; immigration lawyer Alma Nieto; actor and martial arts expert Fabian Carrillo; the Comedy Compadres; East L.A. accounting firm partner Luis Barajas; and migrant educator Tony Gaitan. Jane Velez-Mitchell is the host.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Merchants are trying to figure out how to handle rowdy Cinco de Mayo crowds after vandals smashed windows in eight Sebastopol Road storefronts when Wednesday night's celebration got out of hand. Damage was estimated in the thousands of dollars and kept dozens of police and CHP officers and sheriff's deputies busy late into the night. There were no injuries or arrests. Investigators were reviewing security camera videotapes and interviewing witnesses to try to find those responsible.
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May 20, 1999 | From Times staff and wire reports
Knott's Berry Farm will pay more than $13,000 by the end of the week to the city of Buena Park to reimburse it for police overtime and other costs incurred during the park's ill-fated Cinco de Mayo promotion. "We've always reimbursed them for costs," park spokesman Bob Ochsner said. "The only difference is that this wasn't planned." Thousands of teens ditched school May 5 to take advantage of Knott's 5-cent admission price. By 10 a.m.
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