Flashback: Little Mexico Was Hub for Dallas Cinco De Mayo Festivities

Editor's note: Take a look back into The Dallas Morning News archives.Cinco de Mayo celebrations have a long history in Dallas, specifically in the now fading Little Mexico, a sort of little town of its own where many Mexican immigrants settled the early 1900s. The area was once vibrant with Cinco de Mayo festivities every year, as families and friends within the neighborhood gathered to eat, dance, compete in contests and enjoy their culture. Early documentation of the celebrations in The News' archives show Pike Park as being central to the festivities where the Mexican-American community came together to celebrate the Mexican army's victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Now, the park struggles to maintain its appearance and the once centralized community is now spread across Dallas.Take a look at some photos from our archives of early pictures of Cinco de Mayo festivities in Little Mexico.  Continue reading...

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