Venice Marching Band is Part of History

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Venice High's Marching Band 2016

Kimberly Velasquez, Features Editor

The Venice High marching band participated in the Cinco de Mayo Parade April 30, bringing back a historic event that celebrates Mexican American heritage within the community, as well as its cultural diversity.

It had been 32 years since a Cinco de Mayo Parade was held in Venice.

The band marched about a mile, from Broadway Elementary School to Penmar Park, with non-stop playing of notable songs such as “Oye Como Va,” “Low Rider” and “Evil Ways.” Along with this Latin parade music, band members played a few of the schools’ common band songs. Many who came out to watch cheered for the Venice High band.

“This parade was something I had been looking forward to for some time now,” said trumpet player Oscar Lazaro. “It’s great that the band was able to participate in this parade and the fact that we were able to be a part of history makes it all that better.”

The annual May 5 celebration commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory against France at the Battle of Puebla. This event is celebrated in the U.S. by having festival parades, mariachi music, traditional foods, and several other Mexican American customs.

Videos and photos of the Cinco de Mayo parade were posted on Snapchat, YouTube and Instagram.