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      Record number of participants for Cinco de Mayo parade

      It was a time to celebrate good food, good music and a united community at Alamo Park in east Amarillo.

      "Cinco de Mayo isn't just for Hispanics," Vice President of Tejano Democrats James Campos said. "It's a community celebration."

      And the community definitely rallied around the holiday. The number of participants exceeded previous years, making this Cinco de Mayo one for the books.

      "It was only a few years ago that we had less than probably 20 participants in the parade, but today we had well over 60," Potter County Commissioner Mercy Murguia said.

      The 2-mile route took participants more than one hour to end right back where they started, Alamo Park.

      "Now we'll gather here and just make a day out of it," Campos said. "You have community leaders here, just everyone out here to have a good time."

      F or a holiday that was initiated south of the border, a day meant to commemorate the battle of Puebla, is now a time for those in Amarillo to unite.

      " A marillo is such a diverse city, and whenever we bring events like this to Amarillo, it shows unity within our city ," Campos said.