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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1995 | MIMI KO
Wearing colorful serapes, shaking maracas and waving Mexican flags, 200 students at Richman Elementary School in Fullerton danced, sang and performed a play Wednesday to tell the Cinco de Mayo story. "La batalla de Puebla fue ganada el cinco de Mayo de 1862 (The battle of Puebla was won on May 5, 1862)," 8-year-old Mirella Diaz told an audience at the Fullerton Farmers Market during a play presented by her classmates.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1995 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At UC Irvine, members of a Latino student group will celebrate Cinco de Mayo today by wearing brown armbands. The armbands are somber symbols for a commemoration normally associated with vibrant colors and lively festivities. But the students of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, or MEChA, want their message to come across loud and clear.
NEWS
May 24, 1990 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Napoleon Armando Rivera went to Sepulveda Recreation Center on Cinco de Mayo to relax and listen to music. Late that evening, Los Angeles police found his body on a sidewalk next to the park. Nearly three weeks later, detectives have no suspects in the fatal shooting they believe may have occurred during a robbery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1992 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ and DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cinco de Mayo celebrations today in Orange County will be far fewer than usual and many will be scattered across the May calendar, a legacy of the violent turmoil in Los Angeles that caused cancellation or postponement of many festivities. In contrast to past years, there were relatively few events scheduled today to celebrate the defeat of the French at the hands of outnumbered Mexican soldiers at Puebla on May 5, 1862.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1999 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Mexicans and others gather this weekend to commemorate the 1862 victory of a ragtag Mexican army over a superior force of French troops, the most unusual refrain to be heard during the celebrating might very well be: "Jeul-guh-eun o wol o il!" That's Korean for "Happy Cinco de Mayo." Among the variety of events scheduled to mark the Mexican holiday is the start today of a unique art exhibit featuring five Latino artists and five Korean-born artists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1993 | PHUONG LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dressed in traditional costumes of vibrant color, the folklorico dancers swirled around the stage to a lively waltz. Silk ribbons were in their hair. Intricately stitched flowers adorned their skirts. And the audience cheered at the Santa Ana Mariachi Festival on Saturday. "We're passing our culture and tradition to the young ones," said Grace Cabunoc of Santa Ana. The dancing "allows us the opportunity to experience our culture and roots. It's so enriching to be able to share that culture."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1988 | GEORGE RAMOS, Times Staff Writer
Thanks to a story-telling grandfather, Compton eighth-grader Gabriela Rodriguez talks about Cinco de Mayo as if she was at the historic Mexican battle in 1862. "As I listened to his version of the Battle of Puebla, I was suddenly transported to that time," she told a crowd of 100 Tuesday at the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles. "I saw the fear-stricken faces of the Mexican warriors. I felt the pain in a child's scream as his father was being set on fire.
NEWS
May 6, 1990 | STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Southern California celebrated a torrid Cinco de Mayo on Saturday as temperatures rose to 101 degrees in downtown Los Angeles, easily breaking a previous record high of 93 degrees for the day in 1953. A high-pressure system that hung immobile over much of California throughout the day helped temperatures rise to 104 in Monrovia, 102 in Woodland Hills, Long Beach, Montebello and Riverside, and 101 in Pasadena and San Bernardino.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1987 | SERGIO MUNOZ, Sergio Munoz is the executive editor of La Opinion, Los Angeles.
Cinco de Mayo is generally regarded as a date for celebration, this year perhaps even more than any other. For today begins a process of legalization that may benefit several hundred thousand Latinos who have resided in this country illegally for many years. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be much happiness; the occasion appears to be marred by fear, mistrust and uncertainty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1994
This week marks the 132nd anniversary of Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates the Battle of Puebla, in which a ragtag group of Mexican fighters soundly defeated the French army on May 5, 1862. The defeat was a minor setback for the French, who had occupied the country a few months before, but the victory served as a rallying point for those wanting Mexico's freedom.
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