Cinco de Mayo Has Arrived!
We all enjoy celebrating Cinco de Mayo but what’s the back story to this holiday full of fun?
Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances, Mexican folk dancing and street festivals. Some of the largest festivals in the US are held in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.
Unsure where to celebrate on Cinco de Mayo? If you’re in Ft. Collins or Boulder, check out our partner restaurant The Rio Grande! They’re known for their awesome margaritas, especially their fish bowl. In Colorado Springs, Jose Muldoons is a great place for a fiesta! So throw on a big sombrero and let’s all drink to Mexico (for their independence, of course).