Amarillo celebrates Cinco de Mayo with parade

Hispanic community comes together to host the Cinco de Mayo Parade Saturday morning.

"We have a good turnout," said Angel Ayala, one of the parade organizers. "It's doubled since last year."

Cinco de Mayo celebrations originated to commemorate the Battle of Puebla, the Mexican Army's victory over the French on May 5, 1862. However, many believe it has evolved over the years into a community activity bringing people together.

"I think it's a good way to get our community together and get involved and to remember the celebration of Cinco de Mayo," said another parade organizer Maria Murgia.

The parade kicked off at 10 a.m. from 15th Avenue and Arthur Street and ended at the High Plains Food Bank.

First time participants were excited to get the opportunity to be a part of the parade.

"It feels great," said Cheerleading Captain Erik Prospero for Palo Duro High School. "Showing our heritage and just representing Palo Duro in a good way."

"It's a good thing to be out here and support this," said Anthony Mora.

There will be a Rodeo Sunday at 2 p.m. at Ocho Segundos with more Cinco de Mayo celebrations.