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Voice: More on Cinco de Mayo history in Valley

May 18, 2002

I'm a little bit late on the Cinco de Mayo report in Imperial Valley.

The first Cinco de Mayo in the Valley was in Brawley in 1932 or 1933. In those days Brawley had really active people who put out tremendous successful Cinco de Mayo at the Longfellow Park. Parades would be failry long and many participants would come from Mexicali. Brawley has for many years been the Mexican-USA political center of Imperial County.

Calexico now has the very active people that successfully now celebrates the biggest Cinco de Mayo in the Valley. Calexico, because of its efforts, is also now becoming the Mexican-USA political center in Imperial County.

The first Cinco de Mayo in the Valley was initiated by Salon Azteca Club Deportivo de Artes & Oficios presidente de festejos Geronimo Padilla, vice president Casimiro Zuniga and Jose Fierro, organizador. Both colors were raised at 6 a.m. and the food booths were raised at 7 a.m. The fiesta lasted until the late evening in Brawley.

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The first Cinco de Mayo queen in 1932 or 1933 was Elena Godinez Carrillo, wife of Cuco Carrillo, I believe uncle of Blackie and Bobby Carrillo of Brawley. Mrs. Carrillo still resides in Brawley.

GRACIELA RUBIO

El Centro

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