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Cinco de Mayo is May 5th!
May 5, 2016
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage, culture, and pride. It is celebrated annually on May 5th in honor of when the Mexican army defeated the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1962. The day is mostly celebrated by people of Mexican heritage in the US. It is also celebrated in some areas of Mexico, especially the state of Puebla. Many non-Mexicans in the US also celebrate the day. Some of the major celebrations for Cinco de Mayo in the US include:
- Chicago – A large festival is held annually in Douglas Park and includes live music, food, and cultural displays.
- San Antonio – The famous Market Square is home to a huge celebration including many outdoor concerts and food.
- Denver – The Cinco de Mayo Culture Festival in Denver specializes in all types of Mexican music and lasts for two days.
- San Marco – Another Texas town with a big celebration, this city has a salsa contest and crowns their own Miss Cinco de Mayo.
- Los Angeles – Probably the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the world is help in downtown Los Angeles, California.
Some Fun Facts About Cinco de Mayo…
- Thge 5th of May is not Mexico’s Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16th.
- No too long after winning the Battle of Pueblo, the Mexicans lost their capital to the French and the French took control of the country. The French rule only lasted a few years.
- This holiday is more celebrated in the United States than in Mexico.
- In Chandler, Arizona, they hold Chihuahua races on this day.
- Around 70 million pounds of avocados are eaten on Cinco de Mayo in the United States.