May 17, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
The wind may have been wicked but spirits were high and food, fun and music were plentiful during the May 7 Cinco de Mayo in Melrose.
Blanca Barragan, Angelica Hernandez and Jesus Hernandez Vega were busy making and handing out duros with vegetables and meat in one booth, while Mayia Archuleta and Cedilia Becerra made enchiladas stuffed with mashed potatoes and sausage in another. In between money-takers Veronica Morales and Liz Pohlmann tried their best to keep the wind from whipping around tickets they were handing out for food purchases. Children bounced around in a bounce house and music was played late into the evening.
Cinco de Mayo is a yearly celebration held on May 5, which commemorates the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza. It was held in Melrose a few days later so more people could gather together, said the Rev. Jeff Ethen, who ministers to Hispanics around the St. Cloud Diocese. He had been at a similar celebration in another community earlier that afternoon, and was visiting with people during the Melrose festivities.
Money raised from the event would be donated to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose, one of the organizers said.
Cinco de Mayo was a nice culture-building celebration.