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Columbia Hosted First Documented Cinco De Mayo Celebration

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Mother Lode Views focused on a two-day event in Columbia next month that will be held where the first documented Cinco De Mayo celebration took place in 1862.

The guests were Cinco De Mayo project co-directors Barbara Balen and Mercedes Guerrero Tune.

2024 will mark the third year that an event will be held in Columbia State Park in recognition of the first Cinco De Mayo Celebration in recognition of the Mexican Army’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla.

Balen and Tune talked about how this piece of Tuolumne County history was uncovered, detailed some of the historical reporting, and explainedc why they feel the holiday is so strongly embraced in other communities across the United States. The full show is below:

First Cinco De Mayo