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Cinco De Mayo


Margarita’s, Margarita’s, Margarita’s!  Let’s celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration held on May 5th. It is celebrated nationwide in the United States and regionally in Mexico. The date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.  Often mistaken for Mexican Independence Day (which is Sept. 16), Cinco de Mayo commemorates the 1862 Battle of Puebla between the victorious ragtag army of largely Mexican Indian soldiers against the invading French forces of Napoleon III. Mexican Americans, during the Chicano Movement of the 1970s, adopted the holiday for its David vs. Goliath storyline as motivation for civil rights struggles in Texas and California.

Cinco de Mayo, is very similar to how Irish-Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day, "this is one way they can honor their ethnicity is to celebrate this day, even when most don't know why."  However, people all over celebrate this day. In Houston, ballet folkloric dancers will ring in Cinco de Mayo by stomping to traditional Mexican music in a city park. New York City will close parts of Spanish Harlem and Queens for street fairs as Mexican flags flap from apartment fire escapes and car antennas. Albuquerque honors the day with a Mariachi concert and free cab rides for those who show their love for Mexico with a little too much Dos Equis XX or tequila. Even West Des Moines, Iowa, has an all-day festival with Mexican food, artwork and live music.

I’m sure if you plan on going out to eat at any restaurant this night you may want to try and avoid eating Mexican, unless you have plans to go celebrate with others. As I’m sure these places will be packed with people having a good time while drinking their Margarita’s and taking shots of Tequila. Make sure you get a good meal to go along with those yummy drinks you may be drinking and able to get home safely. That’s the most important part of the night after celebrating a wonderful night of Cinco de Mayo.

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