Kansas Citians take part in Cinco de Mayo fiestas - KCTV5

Kansas Citians take part in Cinco de Mayo fiestas

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Cinco de Mayo was a day of celebration throughout Kansas City on Sunday, marked by a host of activities with one main theme - fun.

The weekend long celebration marked the 22nd year at Guadalupe Center in Kansas City.

"It's a great tradition for all of us. We try to keep it going for the younger group raised here in the U.S.  (They) have no idea, a lot of them haven't been to Mexico and don't have a clue and some of them don't understand the great history and culture that our families have provided for us so we can have a better life," Guadalupe center board member Lisa Lopez said.

This year's activities attracted about 5,000 people, which is a big turnout for a big holiday marking an event that is not as big as most people think.

"The little Mexicans with their little hoes and picks and went out and conquered the French, who were a huge military force.  We were not supposed to win that war, but we beat them,"  Lopez said.

This year's Cinco de Mayo celebrations also went to the dogs - Chihuahuas, of course.

It was officially dubbed the Kansas City Chihuahua Parade and the world record as organizers tried to set the record for "most dogs in costume."

"The weather kind of dampened our numbers" parade organizer Mark Valentine said.  "We were going to keep trying (to break the record) until we get that done."

St. Louis holds the current Guinness World Record with 1,326 dogs in costume. Kansas City came close with nearly 1,000 dressed up dogs this year.

"Awareness of shelter dogs and cats and the benefits of having a pet. This is just a day to show how great it can be," said Rachel Hodgson with Great Plains SPCA.

All proceeds from the event went to the Great Plains SPCA.

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