Celebrating Mexican-American Culture on Cinco De Mayo

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In the United States, we celebrate Cinco De Mayo a little differently than in Mexico. Many people use this holiday to celebrate Mexican-American culture. We invited a few people from the show to share what they do to celebrate and recognize Cinco de Mayo.

Detroit photographer Rosa Maria Zamarron said Cinco De Mayo celebrated the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The victory of the small Mexican force against the larger French army commemorates an important moment in their history and is now used to celebrate the Mexican-American culture.

Zamarron is a documentary photographer who enjoys highlighting individuals and their stories. Her photos are meant to give people a voice and shed light on their life journey.

Jaime Carrillo, director of Ballet Folklórico De Detroit, and his wife Maria Luisa Carrillo said that Ballet Folklórico is a traditional Mexican folk dance. The ballet team teaches traditional dance to the people of Detroit. They wear traditional Mexican clothing to mimic the specific period and area of ​​Puebla, Mexico.

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To see the dresses and the full interview, watch the video above.

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