Cinco de Mayo Fast Facts

Hannah Rogers
May 6, 2018

Every year, the Cinco de Mayo festival in Yakima keeps growing by inviting new vendors and performers. "Saturday, May 5, Cinco de Mayo, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867)".

Cinco de Mayo is this weekend, and several communities are celebrating through a festival with lots of good food and live music.

While the holiday's roots are in Mexico, it's actually a minor holiday there and is celebrated much more in the U.S. Though far outnumbered, Mexicans led by General Ignacio Zaragoza fortified the small town of Puebla de Los Angeles and forced the French to retreat after losing close to 500 soldiers, according to History.com.

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The Denver Police Department will also be keeping a watch on Cinco de Mayo "cruising" along Federal Boulevard. Whatever your style, here's everything you need to know to make it your best Cinco de Mayo ever.

The day became one to celebrate Hispanic heritage. Mexico's most important national holiday is celebrated September 16, commemorating the Cry of Dolores (Grito de Dolores) that initiated the 1810 war for Mexican independence from Spain.

Some of the largest celebrations in the USA are held in Los Angeles and in towns throughout the west where there are large Mexican-American populations. And if you're a Kentuckian who took to the Internet to find out when the Mexican commemorative holiday is, you're reportedly among the majority.

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