Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Pillette Village

May 06, 2017, 08:46
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Pillette Village

Behind all the fun is the meaning of the day: Mexico's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

If you're not of Mexican descent and you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the first step is taking the time to understand what it is.

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Palenque's barbacoa tacos consist of spiced, braised beef topped with cilantro and onions in a corn tortilla.

The Cinco de Mayo fiestas are ready to go.

Palenque Fresh Mexican Cuisine is located at 4736 Wyandotte St. E.in Windsor. "Cinco de Mayo is about the battle of Puebla". In the US, it's a celebration of the Mexican-American culture and is marked by revelry. Grumpy Cat wishes everyone a happy Cinco de May-No!

Some even celebrate with Chihuahua races: One U.S. city celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a Chihuahua race. Conspicuously absent was any reference to Mexican culture or history. And even though, later on, France was able to succeed at overrunning Puebla and conquering Mexico City, the day was celebrated as a reminder of Mexican pride and solidarity.

Fast forward to 2017, and Cinco de Mayo also means a big day at the cash register for many local businesses.

Lots of avocados: According to the California Avocado Commission, Americans consume up to 81 million pounds of avocados on Cinco de Mayo every year.

"It totally caught me by surprise to witness the celebration in the United States", Jimenez-Guiterrez said. In the 1970's and 1980's, beer companies targeted the Spanish-speaking population with ad campaigns that encouraged people to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and party.

"True friendship, they say, must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity to be worthy of its name", said Ambassador Gutierrez during the Cinco De Mayo event, referring to the tensions.

Cinco de Mayo wasn't celebrated in the US like it is today until the 1980s when American and Mexican beer companies used the date to market to Latino communities already observing the holiday.

"It's not Drinko de Mayo ..." But the day is only celebrated in parts of Mexico.

"Maybe we will get together and barbecue, but I don't think it's that big of a deal for us", Santiago said.

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