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Local Latin Americans Invites Community to Cinco de Mayo Celebration

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Photo Credit: Yolanda Lorge

Grupo Latinoamericano, a local non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Latin American cultural and educating the community, is hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration for Springfield. 

While many local Mexican restaurants are starting to promote Cinco de Mayo specials around town, Grupo Latinoamericano is planning a big event next month to celebrate Mexican culture.

The celebration will take place on May 5th (the date of Cinco de Mayo) from 5-9 pm in the Springfield Art Museum’s Community Auditorium.

Yolanda Lorge, president of Grupo Latinoamericano, said the event will bring together community members to learn about Mexican cultural heritage, from the pre-Hispanic era to modern day Mexico. Attendees will sample traditional food, create arts and crafts projects and experience Mexican culture through dance displays and exhibits.

Lorge says the celebration will offer local immigrants a chance to interact with the rest of the Springfield community and to teach the community about their heritage.

“It’s educational you know, but through fun, and that’s what the purpose of these cultural events is all about.”

The event is free and open to the public.