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Cinco de Mayo festival goes to the Chihuahuas

The aroma of steamed tamales filled the air at Old School Square recently as hundreds attended the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration.

There was the traditional live Mexican music, children’s activities, rides and food vendors. But arguably, the highlight was the Chihuahua Race, sponsored by the Animal Rescue Force of South Florida, Inc.

Fans cheered as four sleek, purebred teeny-tiny dogs raced down a 30-foot track toward the finish line in hopes of grabbing the title of Queen or King of Cinco de Mayo and win an appropriately petite trophy with a Chihuahua figurine on top.

Several other dogs were eliminated in heats earlier in the day.

There even was a celebrity race where Archie, who was adopted at the festival last year, returned to compete with Louie, who was hoping to find a home this year.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s defeat of French forces in 1862.

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