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Dancing, music, stories highlight CLC's Cinco de Mayor celebration in Waukegan

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  • Maria Garcia, 13, of Waukegan and members of the Abbott Middle School folkloric dancers perform during a Cinco de Mayo celebration Thursday at the College of Lake County's Lakeshore Campus.

       Maria Garcia, 13, of Waukegan and members of the Abbott Middle School folkloric dancers perform during a Cinco de Mayo celebration Thursday at the College of Lake County's Lakeshore Campus.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • People stand for the Mexican and U.S. national anthems during Thursday's Cinco de Mayo celebration at the College of Lake County's Lakeshore Campus in downtown Waukegan.

       People stand for the Mexican and U.S. national anthems during Thursday's Cinco de Mayo celebration at the College of Lake County's Lakeshore Campus in downtown Waukegan.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
 

Brightly colored flowing skirts twirled in the courtyard on Genesee Street and Madison Avenue in Waukegan as the College of Lake County hosted its annual Cinco de Mayo celebration Thursday at its Lake Shore campus.

The festival featured traditional Mexican dancers from Miguel Juarez and Abbott middle schools in Waukegan. Music was provided by DJ David Olivares, and Cinco de Mayo stories were told by Lakeshore Campus Student Association members.

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Community members were invited to the free celebration, which included a Taste of Lakeshore buffet.

Cinco de Mayo is often mistaken as Mexican Independence Day, but it celebrates the Mexican victory over a much larger French army that took place in Puebla in 1862. The victory serves as a source of pride for Mexicans and is celebrated May 5.

CLC's Cinco de Mayo celebration is sponsored by the Lakeshore Campus Student Association.

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