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May 5, Battle of Puebla and San Miguel Day

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

May 5 is an important date for Mexicans, the celebration of the day when in nearby Puebla in the year 1862 the Mexican army defeated the French, considered the strongest army at that time. To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the city of Tyler, Texas proclaimed the date as San Miguel Day in that city. In order to help celebrate and take advantage of the chance to promote San Miguel de Allende a delegation of the local administration will travel to Tyler.

Sister city ceremonies are held between two cities with the aim of taking advantage of the cultural exchanges and promotion that could benefit them. In November 2010 a sister city agreement was signed between Barbara Bass, mayor of Tyler, Texas and San Miguel’s mayor, Luz María Núñez Flores. In May 2011 a delegation from Tyler visited San Miguel and handed over to Mayor Núñez a document proclaiming May 5 San Miguel Day in Tyler.

The reasons to have a San Miguel Day in Tyler were, according to a document signed by Mayor Bass, due to the “long-standing friendship with San Miguel de Allende due to the many Tylerites who have visited and lived in the beautiful, mountain community of cobblestone streets and colonial architecture,” and also because of the sister city agreement.

From May 3 through 5 Mayor Núñez and a delegation made up of the assistant mayor and some city councilors and directors will visit that city to participate in the festivities. Among the activities for the promotion of San Miguel, local authorities will hold a sanmiguelense arts and crafts and photo exhibit. The work was created by local artisans, and according to Marta Rocío López, the mayor’s assistant, the artisans were invited but they did not have visas so they could not go. Every piece will include the contact information of the artisans so those interested in buying their products can be in direct touch with the producers.

López said that a photographic exhibit will be also displayed, made up of 12 pictures, each depicting one of the most important festivities of each month in San Miguel. This exhibit will be open May 4 through 7 at the Main Street Gallery in Tyler.

Visits to elementary schools and universities have been scheduled, as well as meetings with nonprofit organizations that help migrant women. Mayor Núñez also will participate in a radio interview in the last day of her visit.

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