The Largest Cinco de Mayo Celebration Isn’t In Mexico
You can't live in a state situated this close to Mexico without understanding Cinco de Mayo.
Celebrating the "Mexican Holiday" Cinco de Mayo
First of all, stop there. Cinco de Mayo - or the 5th of May - isn't a Mexican holiday at all. Some people think it's a celebration of Mexican Independence, much like as the Fourth of July holiday is celebrated in the United States. That's the second misconception.
Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the Mexican victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Mexican independence is celebrated on September 16th. Even though cinco de mayo wasn't the end of the war, there's a good reason the people of Puebla, Mexico celebrate.
According to Listverse.com, "The holiday commemorates Mexico’s unexpected victory in the Battle of Puebla back on May 5, 1862. France was storming Mexico and had the city of Puebla under siege...[the Mexicans] were outnumbered two to one, and they were up against what was considered the most powerful army in the world at the time."
"On that day, Mexico made a stand against France. Against all odds, they managed to repel the French attack and force them to retreat. It was a decisive victory: The Mexicans lost fewer than 100 men but managed to take down 500 French soldiers."
How Mexico Celebrates Cinco de Mayo
While all of Mexico doesn't celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the city of Puebla still does. But not the way we celebrate in the US. They don't let the tequila and margaritas flow the way we do in Tucson or Phoenix. You're more likely to see a parade or a reenactment of the historic battle of Mexico’s victory over France.
The Big Fiestas
Mexican immigrants brought the holiday to America, and we sure embrace the day!
If you're looking to go big with a celebration, head to Los Angeles, for the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the world. The second-largest is held in Chicago. Phoenix loves to celebrate, too, and plans to have live entertainment.
Cinco de Mayo has turned into a celebration of the Mexican culture and a chance to enjoy a party with friends and family. In Arizona, we're more than happy to enjoy the festivities and embrace the joy of the day.