Boyd C. Allen

Curry Pilot

Dancers, Mexican food and pan dulce treats highlighted the third annual Cinco de Mayo celebration Friday at Brookings-Harbor High School.

The festival marked the Mexican holiday and raised money for the multicultural club, according to club advisor Natalia Aguilar.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza, according to Wikipedia.

Folklorico, a dance troupe from the Smith River School, performed traditional Mexican dances while the crowd enjoyed authentic Mexican food including tacos with rice and beans cooked by members of the local community. Other activities included games and face painting.

Club member Celeste Pepple said the money helped the club celebrate and learn about other cultural holidays such as the Holi color war from India. She and other members of the club were selling the pan dulce.

Aguilar said the club raises between $200 to $500 each year. The money pays for activities such as Chinese New Year crafts, the Holi color war, Greek Orthodox Easter, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and Dia de los Muertos. The club promotes multiculturalism, equity, and diversity.

“We use funds to buy materials for events, or buy decorations for the different events,” she said, “and we decorate all three schools and host guest speakers from different backgrounds. Every year we try and include more activities representing different regions of the world.”

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