Cinco De Mayo

Shaylee Severn

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that celebrates the Mexican’s unlikely victory during the French-Mexican war. This holiday is commonly confused with Mexico’s independence day, which actually occurred several years earlier. Cinco de Mayo is mostly celebrated in the United States, where parades and parties are held to celebrate Mexican culture. “Last May I went to a Cinco de Mayo festival in Los Angeles. It was super colorful and exciting. It was fun to see all the Mexican culture and hear the traditional music,” Said Gracie Rumsey.

Attending or participating in a Cinco de Mayo day parade is a great way to be exposed to new things and appreciate the Mexican culture.


Cinco de Mayo Activity

Make Your Own Mini Maracas

What You Need:

  • 2 empty film canisters
  • 2 Popsicle sticks
  • Colored vinyl tape
  • Black marker or paint
  • Rice, dry beans, or beads
  • Scissors


  1. Paint the Popsicle sticks black.
  2. Decorate the sticks and the containers using colored vinyl tape. (For example, use red, green, and white stripes to represent the Mexican flag.)
  3. Cut a slit in the canister tops to hold the craft sticks securely.
  4. Fill the containers half full with rice, beans, or beads.
  5. Replace the tops. Push in the crafts sticks.



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