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May 4, 2013 at 8:51 PM

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Cinco de Mayo at El Centro de la Raza


BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Joel A. Mercado of Seattle ties on on regalia to perform with dance group Ce Atl Tonalli for El Centro de la Raza's eighth annual Cinco de Mayo celebration Saturday May 4, 2013. The group performs "Danza Azteca Mexica," which is dance and song in the traditional Aztec style. Many of their regalia is either handmade or purchased in Mexico. The Cinco de Mayo celebration at El Centro de la Raza featured traditional Mexican food, performances, vendor booths and a playground and entertainment for children.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

From left, Maria Garcia, 15, Angelica Solis, 17, and Blanca Olivera, 15, walk out to perform for El Centro de la Raza's eighth annual Cinco de Mayo celebration Saturday. All three go to Chief Sealth High School and practice folkloric dance, or "Baile Folklórico," as a loosely-organized school group after class. The traditional Latin American folk dance is known for these flowing colorful skirts.

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