Cinco de Mayo in Mexico
“Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, commemorates the 1862 Battle of Puebla, Mexico, between the Mexican Army and a veteran French Army,” said David Flores, vice president of the parade and program booklet chairman for the event sponsored by the Mexican Mutual Society.
“The outnumbered Mexican Army defeated the heavily-armed and powerful French Army. The victory inspired the young nation and built up their hope and morale, in their continued fight for world independence,” said Flores.
The holiday is traditionally commemorated on May 5, but is celebrated on the weekend closest to the date.