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Residents across the Valley spent Sunday celebrating all things Mexican.
Cinco de Mayo, May 5, is an important date for Mexican-Americans. It commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. In America, the holiday has evolved into a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture.
Throughout the Valley, Cinco de Mayo festivities began early and continued through the night.
Guests started pouring in early at Salsita’s Mexican restaurant on Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown, kicking off their Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
The restaurant was prepared for the crowd with plenty of deals for the holiday.
“We’re having all day specials on food and beer,” said Mario, manager of Salsita’s. No liquor, because we don’t sell margaritas on Sundays.”
Ted and Amy Brown of Austintown decided to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Salsita’s this year. They look forward to trying some of their favorite Mexican foods.
“She actually mentioned it today and I said ‘why don’t we go to Salsita’s?’ Obviously good Mexican food,” said Ted.
“It started a while back and just a group of us use to go out and just celebrate the holiday,” added Amy.
Los Gallos Mexican Restaurant in Boardman expects to serve three times the normal amount of customers Sunday for Cinco de Mayo.
“This place got packed pretty fast, cause we were here earlier,” said Rachel Richards of Hubbard. “And there was only a few cars and then we came back and it was packed.”
The restaurant is offering food and drink specials all day and night; a deal Shannon Fox plans to take advantage of.
“I like all the different flavored margaritas they have here,” said Fox.
Salsita’s turned the holiday celebrations up, with Karaoke on the patio for guests Sunday night.
“We’re ready to continue the party,” added Fox.