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Yakima Prepares for Cinco De Mayo Celebration in May

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YAKIMA, Wash. - Organizers for this year's Cinco de Mayo celebration said today they expect up to 10,000 people to attend.

They say for the first time some major entertainers sponsored by local media will be performing.  An announcement for those musical acts is expected in the coming weeks. 

Maria Garcia is a member of the planning committee for the event and is overseeing the Ms. Cinco de Mayo competition.  Organizers say around 90 percent of those who show up will be Hispanic but Garcia wants the entire community to be a part of the event.

"Even though it's not the independence day for Mexico, it's very significant because the community came together and that's what we're doing," she said.  "We're as a community, coming together to show our culture and have everyone join us."

The event will close parts of both Yakima Avenue and 2nd Street.  The celebration happens on the weekend of May 2 in the area surrounding Millennium Plaza.