Editorial reprinted from the Pueblo Chieftain - 9
CINCO DE Mayo has taken a proud place as an annual celebration honoring
one of Pueblo’s many and diverse ethnic communities. That’s as it should
be, given our large Latino population, led by people of Mexican
Pueblo’s 47th annual Cinco de Mayo gala again was inspired by the
Mexican army’s surprising victory over stronger French forces at the
Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It’s fitting that more than four
decades ago, we in Pueblo made Puebla, Mexico, our first Sister City in
honor of another country’s culture and heritage still reflected in our
rich ethnic mix today.
can be proud that the celebration of Cinco de Mayo again came off
without any distasteful protest from outside groups spoiling for a
That’s why we implore everyone in our community to show the same
courtesy and respect for Columbus Day every October. Don’t allow misguided
political agendas be an excuse to mar our annual Columbus Day
commemoration, which has long historical roots in Pueblo going back more
than 110 years.
both cases, folks of many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds
happily take part in Pueblo’s two prominent celebrations — Columbus Day
in the fall and Cinco de Mayo in the spring. The events transcend the
Mexican and Italian traditions that form the basis for observing these
Pueblo has a long history of ethnic and cultural tolerance that is
demonstrated by mutual courtesy and respect.