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A group of Aztec dancers dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Mexican/Aztec culture performs during the 2012 Cinco de Mayo celebration in Willmar. Other attractions for the family friendly event included a jalapeno eating contest, the Willmar Idol singing contest and folkloric dancers. Unfortunately, there is no organized celebration in Willmar this year; however, several local establishments are hosting Cinco de Mayo events. Tribune file photo by Ron Adams

Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexican culture, traditions

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If Cinco de Mayo conjures images of mariachi, tamales and sombreros, you're not alone. In the United States, the Mexican holiday has become as much of a celebration as Mardi Gras or St. Patrick's Day.

But for many Americans who plan to eat enchiladas and sip cervezas on Cinco de Mayo, the history and significance of the holiday is still largely a mystery.

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Ashley White

Ashley White is the community content coordinator for the West Central Tribune. Follow her on Twitter @Ashley_WCT.


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