Cinco de Mayo ([ˈsiŋko ðe ˈmaʝo]; Spanish for “Fifth of May”) is a celebration, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.
Unlikely? Everyone beats the French.
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. with the celebration of our synergistic culture. The Mexican-American parties are way more fun except you might be arrested on a Ferris Wheel with no pants, a bottle, and your pequeño potro peludo. They’re good people, but they don’t speak English – You gotta talk to the cops.
We welcome you – play by the rules. All of you.
But the American-Mexican shindigs are sometimes mistaken to be Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—and are attended by strange people in pink hats, spontaneous supporters with custom printed signs and a script, and a Native American that’s so pale she’s nearly invisible. Reminds me of Gollum.
I made most of that up.