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Green River celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Two dancers
Dancing for the audience in Kennelly Commons.

Tuesday, May 7 was not precisely the fifth, but it may as well have been.

At the stroke of noon the bold brass sound of a Mariachi band flooded Kennelly Commons and suddenly everyone on campus knew there was a celebration underway.

The campus participated in an inclusive celebration featuring many different Latino cultures through lively music, professional dancers and delicious food from a taco truck parked in the commons.

"It is really fun to see how other cultures celebrate," said Marwa Almusawi, a Green River employee seated on the steps, who watched every performance. "This really brings a positive energy to our school."

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion partnered with Student Life, International Programs and the Latino Student Union to host the festivities. "We planned this event to transmit cultural heritage to Green River students," said Mayra Rodriguez, program coordinator at diversity services.

Mariachi band
A mariachi band plays for the campus

Cinco de Mayo, or "El Dia Batalla de Puebla" (the day of the Battle of Puebla) as it is called in Mexico, celebrates the triumph of the Mexican army over a better-equipped and larger French army in 1862.

"Green River is a commuter school, and when something like this happens, instead of scattering, people really come together," said Lameshia Reese-Taylor.

The Green River Latino Spring Festival concludes next week with a Salsa Workshop from noon - 1 p.m. in Lindbloom Student Center.