Dancing, food and games on the Quad of Fort Hays State University will mark the anniversary of the 1862 battle in which 2,000 ill-equipped Mexicans defeated a highly trained, well-armed force of 6,000 French regulars.
The celebration is called Cinco de Mayo, meaning May 5, and that is when the celebration begins, at 11 a.m. on the Quad on the FHSU campus.
Festivities include demonstrations by Ballet Folklorico, a dance troupe from Topeka that specializes in folk dances; samples of Mexican food (beans, rice, quesadillas, carne asada, and, of course, chips and salsa) provided by HALO, the Hispanic American Leadership Organization at FHSU; lessons in Spanish dance; and games such as a jalapeno eating contest and pinatas.
Games also include grito Mexicano, which is like a cheering contest, said Sonia Vargas, multicultural program advisor.
The event, sponsored by HALO, is free to all comers.