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Horse, side-saddle riders, trick ropers and revelers celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Sunday in Oklahoma City

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Jessica Garcia, 12, of Bethany, and horse Becca performed side-saddle riding at the Cinco de Mayo festival Sunday at Wiley Post Park in south Oklahoma City. [ROBERT MEDLEY/THE OKLAHOMAN]
Jessica Garcia, 12, of Bethany, and horse Becca performed side-saddle riding at the Cinco de Mayo festival Sunday at Wiley Post Park in south Oklahoma City. [ROBERT MEDLEY/THE OKLAHOMAN]

With a rope in hand, Christian Perez, 10, twirled a lasso, jumped and showed off his tricks to a crowd of people at Wiley Post Park in southwest Oklahoma City on Sunday afternoon.

Cinco de Mayo was celebrated with Oklahoma City's Hispanic flavor. There were side-saddle riders like Jessica Garcia, 12, of Bethany, and Perez, of Oklahoma City, who attends Piedmont Intermediate School.

As Mexican music played on loudspeakers, food trucks and local businesses were represented at the event.

"There is a lot of fun stuff for everybody, a lot of food vendors, everything here," said Carlos Castro, a volunteer organizer who said live bands and the trick roping and side-saddle contests were the most popular events.

The celebration was organized by the Scissortail Community Development Corporation, the Oklahoma City Parks Department, the Mexican Cultural and Humanitarian Association of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Latino Cultural Center.

"All this is going on to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, a big celebration in Mexico," Castro said. "Here in the U.S., we are getting the whole Hispanic community in Oklahoma together with these kind of events."

Oklahoma City is a sister-city to Puebla, Mexico, and Minister Jorge Luis Olivares, adviser to the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs, attended the celebration, according to a news release.

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<strong>Christian Perez, 10, of Oklahoma City, shows off his trick-roping skills Sunday at the Cinco de Mayo festival in south Oklahoma City. [ROBERT MEDLEY/THE OKLAHOMAN]</strong>

Christian Perez, 10, of Oklahoma City, shows off his trick-roping skills Sunday at the Cinco de Mayo festival in south Oklahoma City. [ROBERT MEDLEY/THE OKLAHOMAN]

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Robert Medley

Robert Medley has been a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1989, covering various news beats in the Oklahoma City metro area and in the Norman news bureau. He has been part of the breaking news team since 2008. A 1987 University of Oklahoma... Read more ›

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