Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Mexican-Americans reluctant to take part in Cinco De Mayo celebrations

"May this Cinco de Mayo remind us all, as Presidents Benito Juarez and Abraham Lincoln foresaw, that strong and successful Mexico is in the interest of the United States, as much as a strong and successful United States is in the interest of Mexico".

Easton says members of the Hispanic community are part of the Lee Republican Women's Club.

"True friendship, they say, must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity to be worthy of its name", said Ambassador Gutierrez during the Cinco De Mayo event, referring to the tensions.

"They think it is our Independence Day which is not, but it's still fun to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and in the USA because in Mexico it's just like another day", Cisneros tells us.

While classic Mexican dishes and margaritas are on most people's mind, the day has historical significance.

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Raul Razo with La Hermandad, an immigration advocacy program in Santa Maria, said more people avoid being out in public these days after the Trump Administration hardened illegal immigration policies. President George W. Bush was the first to host the celebration at the White House, which traditionally invites Mexican artists, politicians and activists. However, most of those celebrating have no idea how the celebration started. "Tequila!" "It's fantastic and we love just having the festivities here".

Garcia, who always goes out to celebrate, will also be staying in.

Despite many deciding to stay indoors many others came out to downtown Friday's in Santa Maria to celebrate with Mariachi and Aztec dance performances.

"People get used to going to a Mexican restaurant every Cinco de Mayo, but just to provide something different where you can get outside and go and see a concert is something else", he said.

San Luis Obispo Police Department said DUI Enforcement Teams will be out looking for alcohol and drug-impaired drivers.

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