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Carmelo Gamez of The Dalles performs rope tricks during an early celebration of Cinco de Mayo at The Dalles Wahtonka high school Friday, May 3. The event was sponsored by the school's MEChA Club. Marking the date of a famous Mexican battle that aided the North in the U.S. Civil War, the observance is often used to celebrate Mexican culture in the United States.

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A proud day for Mexican-Americans in The Dalles

The Dalles business owners host festivities for Cinco de Mayo “Cinco de Mayo is a day that makes me proud,” said Carlos Quezada, co-owner of La Cabaña in downtown The Dalles. “We might be far away from our country but we can’t change our blood – the culture is still with us.”

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Cinco de Mayo: A tale of two countries

The annual Cinco de Mayo — May 5 — celebration across the U.S. is more than just a tribute to Mexican heritage — it is a reminder about the important role the neighboring country played in ending America’s Civil War.

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