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File #: 160319    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 4/14/2016 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 4/14/2016
Title: Honoring and Recognizing San Mateo Carnavalero for the 10th Anniversary of the Festival del Carnaval de Puebla in Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Green
Attachments: 1. Signature16031900.pdf
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Honoring and Recognizing San Mateo Carnavalero for the 10th Anniversary of the Festival del Carnaval de Puebla in Philadelphia.


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WHEREAS, The Carnaval of San Mateo Carnavalero is a festive, month-long celebration commemorating the 1862 Battle of Puebla - also known as Cinco de Mayo - during which Mexican soldiers defeated occupying French forces. To this day, the Carnaval remains a very important part of community life in many towns across the Mexican State of Puebla; and

WHEREAS, The Mexican Community in South Philadelphia has taken the deeply rooted tradition of San Mateo Carnavalero and transposed it to the City of Philadelphia, thus bridging the gap between communities and cultures. The Festival del Carnaval de Puebla in Philadelphia upholds the true meaning of this Mexican historical commemoration; and

WHEREAS, The Festival del Carnaval de Puebla in Philadelphia promotes awareness of the diverse ethnic heritage that makes Mexico a unique and culturally-rich country. During this festival, the battle is depicted using elaborate, hand-made costumes representing five different battalions: the Zacapoaxtla, the Zapador, the Turkish, the French (Suavo), and the indigenous Serrano. Bearded masks, beaded capes, goatskin headdresses and other costume accessories are among the goods that are brought to Philadelphia from the Mexican towns of San Mateo Ozolco and Huejotzingo; and

WHEREAS, This festival celebrates not only the historical significance of a defining Mexican battle, but the unique and growing influence and contributions of the Mexican Community in Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, For a decade, the Festival's organizers-Edgar Ramírez, David Piña, Gerardo Chico, Adelaido Torres, Sebastián Lorenzo and Dionicio Jimenez-have worked tirelessly through their organization, San Mateo Carnavalero, to uphold the mission to preserve, promote and share the "Carnavalero" culture in the Greater Philadelphia Area; and

WHEREAS, El Festival del Ca...

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