Happy Cinco de Mayo! Here are 5 facts about the day

Lauren Perry
May 9, 2017

But not all celebration of obscure cultural holidays need be cynical; two local Cinco de Mayo celebrations used the holiday for raising awareness and for culinary experimentation, as well as a bit of fun along the way.

The Battle of Puebla took place on Cinco de Mayo back in 1862 during the French-Mexican war.

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

Latino activists and scholars say that ambivalence is bolstered by the hazy history of Cinco de Mayo and by stereotypes exploited by marketers.

A selection of house-made salsas and pico de gallo. They include displaying of banners and events highlighting Mexican culture, music and regional dancing, as well as school districts holding special events to educate students about its historical significance. Mexican Independence Day is September 16.

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The event is held as a way for the Latino community to gather and for the entire community to become more aware of what options are available through vendor booths filled with various community groups and organizations. One of Trump's key campaign promises was the expansion of a wall on the Mexican/American border, continually claiming that Mexico would pay for it. Most importantly, it reminded the Mexican people that they had the power and strength to stand up for themselves.

This is not the first tradition that Donald Trump has broken.

While most people are making the smart choice to find a sober ride, almost three people per hour are still being arrested for DWI on Cinco de Mayo (2012-2016).

There isn't necessarily anything wrong with eating enchiladas and downing some drinks on May 5 - especially if you're at a Mexican-owned restaurant. And, for crying out loud, stop saying "Cinco de Drinko".

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