Austin Cinco De Mayo celebrations both fun and important
Sunday couldn't have been a more beautiful day to spend celebrating Cinco De Mayo at Fiesta Gardens.
Sunshine, cool temperatures, food, fun, live music and dancing.
Marissa Munoz and her family are celebrating by cooking food and raising money for a good cause.
"I am running for the Cristo De Queen. So 12 of us run and whoever raises the most money for the church, all the money goes to the church. And on November the 23rd at the King's Feast, we crown a queen," Munoz said.
Munoz says Cinco De Mayo is something she and her family have been celebrating for as long as she can remember.
"Cinco De Mayo's a big deal down here because it's a way for us to be proud of where we come from and the music and the food and all the tradition and stuff. You know, a lot of us that move away and go to college, we don't get to do that," Munoz said.
Meanwhile downtown, hundreds supporting immigration reform took to the streets marching from the Capitol to City Hall.
"It just happened to land on that day. And for us, we want this country not to just appreciate our culture and our food and our music and our holidays, but us as humans and as people," said Esther Reyes, Director of the Austin Immigration Rights Coalition.
Reyes says the March is directed at Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. They're asking for a fair pathway to citizenship, accountable border enforcement, reunification and an end to deportation that separates families.
"We're marching for dignity more than anything…to be respected as human beings who have contributed so much to this country. Immigrants have literally built this country and our immigration laws are entirely outdated," Reyes said.
When asked why a march, Reyes says she feels all social changes in our country happen when people organize for the change.n