CHICAGO HEIGHTS | About 200 people celebrated Cinco de Mayo on May 4 at the Chicago Heights Public Library.
The event, which is officially celebrated on May 5, commemorates the Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
Families watched dancing by Ballet Folklorico Tonatiuh, a local dance group of school-aged girls and boys. Food donated by local sponsors was served. Pepe's Mexican Restaurant, 470 W. 14th St., donated appetizers of chips and salsa. Heights Fresh Market, 1657 Chicago Road, donated traditional Spanish rice and refried beans. Carnitas Express, 1 E. 23rd St., donated crunchy taquitos and carnitas. Gyros Express made sure patrons had tortillas to accompany the delicious food. Pan dulce – traditional Mexican sweet bread – was served courtesy of La Michoacana, 2316 Chicago Road.
Loteria – Mexican picture bingo – was also part of the day's events. But children were happy to see the pinata donated by La Michoacana. Children lined up to whack the pinata and waited for candy and treats to fall out of it. La Michoacana and Gyros Express donated enough candy for all of the children to have some.