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FIESTAS IN CITY CELEBRATE MEXICO.

Byline: Daily News Staff and Wire Services

Although Cinco de Mayo is Monday, festivities today are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people to various events in the Los Angeles area.

The official festival for the city of Los Angeles, a three-day event on Olvera Street, is expected to draw 150,000 people this year, according to Frank Catania, spokesman for the El Pueblo De Los Angeles Monument Authority Commission.

Other events today include Universal City Walk's Cinco de Mayo Family Festival from noon to 5 p.m. at Cinema Plaza, across from the Universal City cinemas; a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Whittier Narrows Park in El Monte, beginning at noon and ending at 5 p.m.; and festivities at the Encino Farmer's Market from 8 a.m. to noon at 17400 Victory Blvd.

The family oriented event at Olvera Street features carnival rides, three stages of musical entertainment including a children's stage, arts and crafts related to Mexican history, and dozens of vendors selling food, jewelry and T-shirts.

The festival, one of the largest celebrations of the holiday in California, runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today.

On Monday, the Monument Authority Commission will also sponsor a special Cinco de Mayo event from noon until 6 p.m. on Olvera Street. Both Olvera Street events are free to the public.

Cinco de Mayo marks the Mexican army's against-the-odds defeat of the French at the Batalla de Puebla in 1862.

The Mexican Republic was financially drained following the Mexican-American War, which ended in 1848, and President Benito Juarez declared a two-year moratorium on foreign debts, starting in 1861.

French, English and Spanish troops moved into Veracruz to collect debts. Spain and England eventually withdrew, but France invaded, hoping to expand its New World empire under Napoleon III.

When a Mexican force of 4,000 Mestizo and Zapotec Indians fended off 6,000 French soldiers at the Battle of Puebla, the battle came to symbolize Mexican patriotism.

The observance has become a cultural celebration in the Los Angeles area, while in Mexico, it is considered a minor holiday.
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