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Mexican Holiday Marked Across California

May 5, 1986

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) _ Vice President George Bush sampled tripe soup as thousands of Californians celebrated today’s Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo with traditional music and dance, craft and food fairs, and a foot race.

Much of the festivity took place Sunday, a day before the actual holiday, which marks a battle at the village of Puebla in 1862 when Mexican fighters held off for a time a superior force of French soldiers marching to Mexico City to establish colonial rule.

At the Orange County celebration, Bush, who was accompanied by his wife, Barbara, praised the contributions of Mexican-Americans.

Sipping beer from a can between samples, Bush tasted the winning entries in a cook-off of menudo, a tangy tripe soup.

″He really liked the stuff,″ said Miguel Pulido, chairman of the festival, which drew about 8,500 people.

An estimated 30,000 people gathered at Salt Lake Park in Los Angeles to watch the traditional dances of the Ballet Costumbrista from Puebla. Mariachi brass bands and impromptu dance troupes performed elsewhere in the park.

In northern California, a 3 1/2 -mile foot race was held in San Francisco, and celebrants gathered at the Santa Clara County fairgrounds in San Jose to hear 12 musical groups.

Police in Bell, eight miles southeast of Los Angeles, arrested six people after two officers responding to complaints of noise were attacked at a private party at 3:15 a.m. Sunday. One officer was punched and another suffered a dislocated shoulder when hit with a pipe, said Sgt. Mike Trevis.

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