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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [LH]
April 7, 2009
Cinco de Mayo Returns to Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center May 2
Event celebrates Mexican-American heritage and lifestyles of Texans
ATHENS, Texas--Athens will celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center May 2 with food, music and dancing in addition to the normal TFFC activities such as fishing, tram rides and dive show presentations.
Featured entertainment will be Tyler Ballet Folklorico, directed by Cecilia Salgado, with two performances.
Music will also be provided for public dancing in the Hart-Morris Conservation Center.
Event hours will be from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday. Reduced admissions prices of $2.50 for adults and $1 for students ages 12 to 18 will be in effect after 1:00 p.m. Children under 12 will be admitted free.
Persons interested in selling food or other items at the event should contact James Booker at (903) 670-2266. A Miss Cinco de Mayo pageant is planned, and anyone wishing to participate should contact Booker.
Cinco de Mayo is one of two Mexican national holidays celebrated throughout Texas. According to The Handbook of Texas, these celebrations originated in Mexico in the nineteenth century. Cinco de Mayo (May 5) commemorates Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza's victory on May 5, 1862, over the French expeditionary forces at Puebla, Mexico. The second holiday, Diez y Seis de Septiembre (September 16), commemorates Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla's grito de Dolores ("cry of Dolores") on September 16, 1810, at the village of Dolores, near Guanajuato. Diez y Seis is Mexico's national Independence Day.
At the time of the Texas Revolution of 1836, which ended Mexican Texas, Hispanic peoples in Texas possessed a unique cultural heritage, enriched by a combination of Spanish and Indian customs. This biculturation enabled Mexican Americans to adapt and join the mainstream Anglo-American culture while maintaining in group relationships and family structures their valued ethnic traditions. Mexican Americans began celebrating fiestas patrias such as Cinco de Mayo to reinforce their cultural links with each other and with Mexico.
The first fiestas patrias were held in Texas in the early 1820s. They included festivities that involved special music, songs, dances, native cuisine, costumes, and homage to folk heroes. In these celebrations Tejanos displayed and preserved their ethnicity.
The Cinco de Mayo festival was second in importance only to Diez y Seis. This event recalled the Mexican defeat of French forces in Mexico in 1862. Disgruntled, exiled Mexican conservatives had invited Napoleon III of France to send the Hapsburg Maximilian and his wife, Carlota, to rule Mexico, in opposition to the reform movement led by Benito Juárez. Cinco de Mayo also celebrated the cultural ties that the raza (the "race" or "clan," i.e., Mexican Americans) shared with each other and with Mexico.
Cinco de Mayo has a special relationship to Texas in that the leader of the Mexican army that defeated the French troops at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, was a native Texan, Ignacio Zaragoza, who was born in Goliad.
Many Texas cities developed a fiestas patrias tradition. In Houston the celebrations began in the 1920s, when the Hispanic population grew large enough to require a Mexican consulate.
Although primarily held to maintain Mexican-American cultural life and customs, fiestas patrias occasionally rendered a political service. In 1973 Mexican-American leaders clashed with the Mexican consul in Houston, declaring that the true function of their fiestas patrias was to promote their own unique Mexican-American heritage and lifestyle, and not that of Mexico. It is in that spirit that the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is held.
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April 7, 2009
Media Advisory
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials will break ground on a new game warden training center
WHO: Cadets of the 54th Texas Game Warden Academy Class, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department senior staff, representatives from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and the Texas Game Warden Association and major donors to the Texas Game Warden Academy.
WHAT: Cadet field training exercises, training center construction groundbreaking ceremony, one-on-one interviews with cadets, TPWD leadership and major donors
Cadet training photo ops begin at 9:30 a.m.
Groundbreaking ceremony at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch at 12 noon.
WHEN: 9:30 a.m., Thursday, April 9, 2009
WHERE: Game Warden Training Center, 4363 FM 1047, Hamilton, TX 76531
HAMILTON, Texas -- For decades, until last year, Texas game wardens trained in a cramped, deteriorating space in Central Austin. Now, the Texas Game Warden Training Center has relocated to rural Hamilton County, west of Waco. Here private donors have given millions of dollars to build new facilities, but millions more are still sought to help train future generations of game wardens and support the continually expanded role of conservation enforcement.
This Thursday, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials will break ground on the first phase of construction for what will eventually be 39,000 square feet of instructional, administrative and living space. Journalists will see work underway to build some new facilities, plus they will see plans, interview experts and tour locations of future facilities. News crews will also witness the current cadet class training at the site. The 54th Texas Game Warden Academy Class is the first group of game warden cadets now training in existing facilities at the 220-acre campus.
Thursday's groundbreaking marks the start of a public appeal to average Texans to help provide a solid future for Texas game wardens, who risk their lives daily to serve others and sometimes pay the ultimate price. A public-private partnership, the Texas Game Warden Training Center will be constructed on property donated by the Police Activities League and is being funded by the State of Texas and by donations from individuals and corporations.
The TPWD Law Enforcement Division is the primary "off-the-pavement" law enforcement agency in Texas. While their primary duty is the enforcement of fish and game conservation laws, they also are responsible for boating safety, disaster response and some aspects of homeland security. As commissioned peace officers, they may enforce all provisions of the Texas Penal Code. Game wardens constitute the second-oldest statewide law enforcement agency in Texas, and undergo the longest training of any peace officers in the state. TPWD is accepting applications for the 55th Texas Game Warden Academy cadet class.
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