Jazz Fest marks Cinco de Mayo in New Orleans

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on May 6, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Updated Sunday, May 6 at 9:03 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival served up margaritas and other Latin fare as it recognized Cinco de Mayo with a lineup peppered with acts such as Mexican singer Paulina Rubio.

On Saturday, the festival continued to give fans a taste of the new and traditional. Early acts took the stage like New Orleans rapper-singer Tarriona "Tank" Ball and the BlackStar Bangas. Although the crowds weren't as thick as they would be later in the afternoon, she had those in the field fronting Congo Square on their feet, waving their arms, cheering and dancing.

Other acts were to include jazz pianist Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, The Eagles, Ne-Yo, Herbie Hancock and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The festival ends Sunday.

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