Cinco de mayo
Cinco de mayo or the 5th of May commemorate the victory by Mexican forces, including ordinary citizens, over French solders. The battle known as La Batalla de Pueble or The Battle of Puebla took place on the May 5th. It is a day marked by many Mexicans and those with Mexican ties as an important cultural event. And also gives them a reason to have a fiesta or party.


In Mexico parades usually start moving about 11 o'clock, when the first band strikes up a lively marching tune. Marchers dressed as French and Mexican generals lead the way with soldiers following, armed like the original freedom fighters with machetes and old-fashioned rifles. Paraders wearing skirts and flowery hats represent the women (soldaderos) who traveled with the army to cook and care for the men. Those portraying French soldiers carry knapsacks with wine bottles sticking out of them. At mid-afternoon the "battle" begins in the plaza. Rifles and cannon roar, there is much smoke and shouting, and at nightfall, the Mexican and French generals meet face-to-face for a sword battle. The Mexican general, of course, wins. The fiesta also includes speeches by government officials, lively dances and games, mariachi music, traditional foods, bullfights, and colorful decorations. At night there are pinatas for the children and the celebration ends with beautiful displays of fireworks.


Some of the food you would expect to see includes