MIDLAND/ODESSA - Cinco de Mayo celebrations kicked off a day early in Midland and Odessa.
The Midland Cultural Center hosted an event at Hogan Park.
Elementary and junior high students had the chance to check out displays on the history of the celebration.
The holiday celebrates Mexico's victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla.
But here in the states, it's mostly a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.
Midland College students were there to answer the students' questions.
NewsWest 9's Victor Lopez was the master of ceremonies for the event.
In Odessa, LULAC and Hispanic Heritage of Odessa held their annual Cinco de Mayo unity luncheon.
The luncheon is a chance to recognize people who have had a positive impact on the Hispanic community in the Basin.
Patsy Casas, Telemundo 20 anchor and weather forecaster, was presented with an award.
Casas was recognized for her continued effort and dedication to the Hispanic community. Most recently for her community project, Dia de Los Ninos, or Children's Day.