25th edition of city event spotlights city’s Mexican connections, cultural heritage

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Photos and text by Jim Shilander

San Clemente celebrated Cinco de Mayo a bit early Saturday, allowing for the community to come together and celebrate the Mexican heritage of many of its citizens and the area at large.

Ed Molina, who served as emcee for the event said this year’s edition, the 25th presented by the city, had around 5,000 people were in attendance, which was “steady” throughout the six-hour duration. But making the quarter-century mark, Molina said, was a testament to both the commitment of the community and its diversity.

“It’s stood the test of time and achieved what it set out to do,” Molina said. “To see everyone have a great time, enjoying the dancing, eating and watching everything.”

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