Union City Celebrates Cinco de Mayo With Flag Raising and Concert Tonight

It’s May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, a day of huge significance in the Mexican community.

Earlier today Union City officials raised the Mexican flag in International Plaza, across the street from City Hall.  The day signifies Mexico’s victory over the better equipped and more numerous Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza. The victory over the French army was a morale boost for the Mexicans.

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration created by and for Latino communities in the United States, and the celebration of Cinco de Mayo is more about U.S. Latino history and culture than Mexican history.  The holiday is not celebrated in Mexico.  Certainly, the military battle itself plays a significant role in Mexican history.

              In addition to raising the Mexican flag, Union City presented a city proclamation to longtime resident Asuncion Barranco.

This evening, there will be a Viva-Mexico mini concert at 6 pm at Celia Cruz Park at 31st Street and Bergenline Avenue.  Live music will be presented by Mariachi Nuevo Mexico.