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Cinco De Mayo is Celebration in Idaho Falls bringing communities together

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – UPDATE 5/7/22: The Cinco De Mayo celebration concluded in Tautphaus Sunday evening. Even with a little cloudy weather on Sunday, people still came out to partake in Hispanic Culture through music, food and dance.

Organizers behind the event were impressed with the turnout.

"We want to put on a good show, a good entertainment for everybody. And this is wholesome entertainment... It is going you're going to have fun. You're going to find something to have fun and enjoy," said Claudia Beck, a member of the Eastern Idaho Cinco de Mayo Committee.

"I was really glad to see the turnout about like getting all the people together.  So it's been really nice," Denysse Ching, another member of the committee added.

Last year the celebration had to cancelled for its Sunday iteration, due to bad weather, but this year murky weather didn't stop the celebration and organizers were thrilled to give it the conclusion it deserved.

"The turnout is amazing. I used to think the weather would turn people away, but we've had this going on for years and the support is still amazing. So, I'm amazed that everyone still made it out, even though it's a little chilly," Nayeli Morales, a Representative of Idaho Central Credit Union one of the sponsors of the event, said.

"I think this year people are very excited to celebrate the Cinco de Mayo again. You know, we have our bad weather. Last year, you know, we canceled the Cinco de Mayo on Sunday.  But this year I think the weather is helped us thanks to Mother Nature," Sergio Romero, a member of the Eastern Idaho Cinco De Mayo Committee, said.

The event ended with some dancing.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Tautphaus Park in Idaho Falls has been home to the city's Cinco de Mayo celebration for many of years. Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7 the park and Idaho Falls Ice Rink were filled with people celebrating the holiday and partaking in the music, food, and traditions.

"I think the most important part of the celebration is to get together, you know, to change the culture and motivate other people to come and celebrate," said Sergio Romero, a member of the Eastern Idaho Cinco de Mayo Committee.

"Looking around right now and it warms my heart to see everybody come together... like it feels like a big, huge family because I'm seeing a lot of people that I know and I love it. I enjoy this so much," Claudia Beck, another member of the committee, said.

Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of Mexico's victory over France in 1862. Although it is not a widespread celebration in Mexico, it is more widely celebrated here in the States. "It's kind of weird, but it's nice," Romero said.

"I think it's awesome seeing a lot of people from different cultures come together for Cinco de Mayo celebration. I, myself, am of Peruvian heritage, Peruvian blood. My last from Mexico, but I love I adopted the culture my family so it's an awesome time and it's cool thing everyone here," Gabriel Roca said.

Many enjoyed the festivities and traditions during the celebration. "It's a good family tradition for sure," said Roca.

"It's good to come out here and enjoy the food, the people, the environment. You know, they got performers going up there, I think, by the hour. So, if anybody is looking to do something, why not come over here at the Tautphaus Park and enjoy Cinco de Mayo?" said Noel Leon.

Sunday, May 7 will have more fun in the park, with more live music, dancing, and traditions.

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