CALEXICO — To celebrate Mexico's decisive rout of the French Army on May 5, 1862, Imperial Valley residents will gather together this weekend for Cinco de Mayo house parties, special events at neighborhood bars — tequila shots anyone? — and community gatherings.
In Calexico the festivities kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with a beauty pageant and cultural arts performances in Calexico High School's Varner Gym.
The event is sponsored by the Calexico High Mecha chapter.
The highlight of the evening, according to CHS social science instructor Eric Reyes, will be the pageant.
He said five CHS beauties will compete for the title of queen. The anxious five were selected from a field of 12 contestants.