The celebration of “Cinco de Mayo” commemorates the “Battle of Puebla” (May 5, 1862). In this battle, Mexican forces led by Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín (from what is now known as the city of Goliad, Texas, which was then once the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas), miraculously, defeated the French intervention forces of Napoleon III… led by Charles Lorencez… and forced them to retreat.
Celebrated in a gala festive style, Cinco de Mayo provides an opportunity for Mexican Americans to express pride in their heritage, culture, and identity. No longer strictly a Mexican celebration, this holiday now promotes fellowship among the entire Latin-American community.
Expect to celebrate Cinco de Mayo though a sampling of Mexican culture, music, food, beverage, festivities and customs unique to Mexico! From cervezas and margaritas to cities that regale the day with festive parades and concerts, here’s to Cinco de Mayo, amigos! Join in the fun festivities, hoist a glass and parlay tequila-slinging! Olé!