Photos by Alexa Solis/Nevada Sagebrush

By Alex Mosher

Alexa Solis/Nevada Sagebrush Above: Attendees dance to one of the multiple musical performances that took place at the Cinco de Mayo celebration in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union. Below: UNR’s Latin Dance Club performed a dance called Bachata for the Cinco de Mayo fiesta. President Amanda Ketchledge said the club was created in November and that while many of the members are beginners, the club learned the dance in one day.

Alexa Solis/Nevada Sagebrush
Above: Attendees dance to one of the multiple musical performances that took place at the Cinco de Mayo celebration in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union. Below: UNR’s Latin Dance Club performed a dance called Bachata for the Cinco de Mayo fiesta. President Amanda Ketchledge said the club was created in November and that while many of the members are beginners, the club learned the dance in one day.

On May 5, UNR’s Sigma Omega Nu, the Latina interest sorority, partnered with many campus organizations, clubs and academic departments to throw a Cinco De Mayo fiesta in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union.

Ricky Salazar, a program coordinator for the Center for Student Cultural Diversity, said contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. Posters on easels inside the JCSU explained the history behind Cinco de Mayo.

“Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that commemorates the victory of the Mexican army over an invading French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862,” read a poster inside the JCSU. “Although the Mexican army was eventually defeated, the Batalla de Puebla became a symbol of Mexican unity and patriotism.”

The poster continued to read that this battle showed the world that Mexico was willing to defend itself against foreign invaders.

The event included food venders, health representatives, poetry readings, Cumbia lessons and performances from UNR’s Mariachi club and Latin Dance Club.

Alex Mosher can be reached at amosher@sagebrush.unr.edu.