Cinco De Mayo isn't until Monday, but the City of Lubbock is already celebrating, hosting a Cinco De Mayo parade Saturday. The parade, themed 'We Are Lubbock', commemorates the historical observance and showcases the contributions of the Hispanic community. The holiday has evolved in the U.s. and become a celebration of diversity.
"We wanted to show different groups. You have the Hispanic community, the Anglo, the African-American, Asian community. Every different age, we are just so proud of that. That's what Lubbock is about," said coordinator Christy Martinez-Garcia.
Cinco De Mayo is not a celebration of Mexican Independence. In fact, It's a commemoration of the Battle of the Puebla where Mexican forces defeated a much larger French battalion in 1861, fighting to retain their independence from the French government.
And even though Cinco De Mayo isn't until Monday, that didn't stop more crowds from gather. Radio station Magic 93.7 put on an event, also on Saturday, providing live music. From car show's to food booths to, the atmosphere at the event was nothing short of a party.