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Taveras to mark Cinco de Mayo at the White House with the Obamas

May 2, 2012

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is going to celebrate an eventful week in high style — he’s been invited by President Barack and Michelle Obama to a Cinco de Mayo party tomorrow afternoon at the White House.

Taveras spokesman David Ortiz says Taveras is leaving today for the trip, which, he says, will be paid for through the mayor’s campaign account. Ortiz says no taxpayer dollars will be spent on the trip.

Taveras is also due to meet tomorrow morning with David Agnew, the White House director of intergovernmental affairs.

Ortiz says Taveras was invited to the White House by the Obamas and Agnew, respectively,¬†although it wasn’t immediately clear what led to the invitations.

There’s a bit of irony to the Cinco de Mayo element, since Taveras doesn’t drink and the Mexican holiday is mostly celebrated in the US as an excuse to consume Mexican beer and cocktails. He’s due to return to Providence on Friday.

UPDATE: As Ted Nesi tweeted, this will mark the second consecutive year in which Taveras has been invited to the Cinco de Mayo fest at the White House. Ortiz says the president invites hundreds of people, including Latino leaders.

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