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Cinco de Mayo Recognized at U of M, Crookston Friday, April 17, 2009, Features Dinner and Entertainment Celebrating Mexican Culture and Heritage
April 1, 2009

Contact: Thomas Williams, director of diversity programs, 218-281-8580 (; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

A celebration of Mexican culture and tradition will be the focus of a Cinco de Mayo dinner and festivities at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Friday, April 17, 2009. A dinner with Mexican cuisine will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Brown Dining Hall followed by a program in Kiehle Auditorium featuring music and dance. Dinner is free. The event is sponsored by Voices, a group that provides community cultural awareness education, and the U of M, Crookston Office of Diversity and Multicultural Services and Student Support Services.

In the evening, a family dance featuring the band Esquina will be held in Bede Ballroom in the Sargeant Student Center from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. The dance is free and open to the public.

Los Alegres Bailadores
Los Alegres Bailadores
Los Alegres Bailadores, a Mexican folk dance troupe from St, Paul, Minn., along with the Fargo-Moorhead area dance troupe, Roots of Mexico, will highlight the evening. There will also be entertainment by vocalist Cindy Shawcross from Fargo, N.D., as part of the dinner that evening. During the program that follows, entertainment and activities designed especially for children will be provided.

“This event is a great opportunity for our region to celebrate its diversity,” says Thomas Williams, director of diversity programming at the U of M, Crookston campus. “We would like to encourage members of the campus and the region to join us in celebrating and cultivating our cultures.”

Cinco de Mayo honors a military victory in 1862 of Mexico over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. While the actual date of Mexican independence is celebrated in September, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in the United States with parades, mariachi music, folk dance, and other types activities.
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