Cinco De Mayo

Cinco De Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture. It is celebrated on May 5th every year and on this day people remember how the Mexican army defeated the French in the battle of Puebla, 1862.

Cinco de Mayo womanThe Mexicans were largely outnumbered by the French, but they were led by Mexican General Ignacio Laragoza Seguin who believed that they could defeat them and claim their independence. The French army was sent by Napoleon III who wanted to claim more of the Mexican land.

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with parades, carnivals, street fairs and fireworks. People will also dress up in traditional Mexican clothing as well. The day was first celebrated by Mexicans living in California during the American Civil War, it became more popular in 1960's.

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