The Cinco de Mayo holiday was born in California in 1862 as a celebration of the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla. The state’s Latinos proudly made their voices heard with speeches, parades, and toasts. Although the holiday has shifted over time, the day holds a special significance for many Latinos as an opportunity to celebrate shared heritage through song, dance, and theatre. Join En Casa con LA Plaza to learn about the historic and cultural aspects of Cinco de Mayo and how they reverberate today. Previously broadcast on May 1, 2021.
David Hayes-Bautista, Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture (CESLAC)
Raquel Ramirez, Founder and Director of Ballet Folklórico Flor de Mayo
Jesús Gúzman, Director, Music of Mexico Ensemble, UCLA
Paola Arzate, Playwright and Assistant Producer, Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition