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Thousands gathered in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Sunday to celebrate Mexican heritage, freedom and historic victories for the country.
In Puebla, Mexico, residents commemorate May 5, 1892 as the day the Mexican army pulled out an unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla.
Thousands gathered in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Sunday to celebrate Mexican heritage, freedom and historic victories for the country. Visitors were enjoying the sunny, but cool, day by eating churros and corn on the cob, playing soccer and listening to music on the main stage near the Unisphere. Those putting in the extra effort decked themselves out in red, white and green outfits, sombreros and Mexican soccer jerseys, all the while waiving the country’s flag.
A handful of guys used the celebration to show off their tricked-out low-riders.
Estella Zuniga, left, and German Amozonqueno, came from New Jersey to show their pride.
Francisco Gardines, left, Francisco Cardozo and Israel Jardines of Corona celebrated Mexican heritage.
Valentin Guzman, left, Juan Carlos Medina and Luis Alvares from Corona spent Cinco de Mayo in the park.
People flooded the No. 7 train at the end of the day.
Cesar Martinez was happy to spend the day in the sunshine.
Clowns were a big hit with the crowd.
Woodside on the Move is filling up its calendar.
The group is hosting a Mother’s Day parade for the second time. The event that marches down Skillman Avenue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will end at PS. 11 on 56th Street where mothers can get haircuts and manicures.
Deputy Inspector Ronald Leyson, commanding officer of the 110th Precinct, says “they’ve been struggling a little.”
Crime in Corona is up 16 percent, he said, with the most notable increase being in burglaries, which are up by eight incidents. A major issue he told Community Board 4 members on Tuesday night was street robberies and people not being aware of their surroundings.
Masked dancers capture the spirit of the day on the performance stage.
Megel Mean and his son, Axel, 2, enjoy the festivities.
A bike-riding clown entertains the crowd. i
Large crowds checked out items and food for sale.
Tacos, roasted corn and more were favorites at the celebration.
Brenda Gutierrez, 13, relaxes in a colorful hammock during the festival.
Cinco de Mayo festivities were held eight days late this year last Sunday at Flushing Meadows Park, but the wait was worth it as participants got to also honor their moms for Mother’s Day.
Daphane Ordonez, 2, from Jackson Heights, shows off her paint.
Guadalupe Tepoz, 4, of Elmhurst shows off her face paint on May 4 at Elmhurst Hospital, which held the festival jointly with Healthfirst and will celebrate the 108th anniversary this year.
Jaihene Pena, from Jackson Heights, got her face painted at the celebration at Elmhurst Hospital.
The Vice President of external affairs for Healthfirst, George Hulse, left, spoke to the crowd, which was relayed in Spanish via translator, right.
Kids could mingle with clowns, get their face painted and walk away with a balloon animal.
Several Spanish-speaking singers took the stage at the pre-Cinco de Mayo event, held May 4.
Baxter Avenue was filled with the sounds of happy chatting and mariachi music on Friday for Elmhurst Hospital’s Cinco de Mayo street fair celebration. The event was cosponsored by Healthfirst, a nonprofit that offers government-sponsored insurance.