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Feast for the palate and soul

Denton celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Denton’s annual Cinco de Mayo celebration starts with the yearly parade around the downtown Square and on to Quakertown Park.

The yearly bash in the park commemorates the Battle of Puebla in Mexico in 1862, a Mexican victory over French forces.

Cinco de Mayo festivities start with the 10 a.m. parade and then continue through 6 p.m. at Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St.

The festival features music — from school ensembles to mariachi, Tejano and Latin bands — as well as children’s activities, a soccer tournament and vendors selling Tex-Mex food, jewelry and crafts.

The festival also crowns La Reina in a pageant that promotes academic achievement and community involvement among Latina teens. The festival also features the Little Miss Cinco de Mayo contest, a beauty pageant for contestants ages 3 to 13.

The festival is free. For more information, visit .

— Staff report