The Grand Prairie "Cinco de Mayo" parade, usually a few blocks long, spread out over two miles this year. Click here for the video.The Charros (horsemen), who came last because they tend to dirty up the parade route, had to wait a good hour to get started.
The Fifth of May is celebrated because of a great military victory of the Mexican people over their European occupiers. Recently, it has become the best time to express America's pressing need for immigration reform. The Grand Prairie event was a real people's march. Many of the celebrants just joined in from the sidewalks. Floats came from schools, especially the elementary schools, churches, and community organizations., United Auto Workers 848 had a float organized by Gerardo Contreras. President Romeo Munoz waved to the crowd.
Across Texas, immigrants' rights marchers are claiming both the traditional Mexican celebration and the International Labor Day, May 1st. There were marches on May 1st in Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston. While each of them acknowledged the 1886 fight for the 8-hour day that is celebrated throughout the world, they also demanded immigration reform in true internationalist spirit! At least one more march was scheduled for Dallas on May 7th.
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