"Saturday, May 5, Cinco de Mayo, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867)". With the Kentucky Derby conveniently colliding with Cinco de Mayo this year, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate!
The Cinco de Mayo "Celebrate Culture Festival" at Civic Center Park along with the Denver Kentucky Derby party at the Colorado Convention Center ... and great weather will bring big crowds to downtown.
For those who believe Cinco de Mayo is Mexico's Independence Day, you're mistaken.
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In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico.
While the holiday's roots are in Mexico, it's actually a minor holiday there and is celebrated much more in the U.S.
"Unfortunately, the celebrations have become less about the appreciation of Mexican heritage, and instead has become more about drinking and partying especially by non-Mexican individuals", the message continued. Although May 5 is not technically Mexican Independence Day, Silvia Morquecho said she's happy the holiday exists because it's a busy day of sales for her and selling is her livelihood. Cities and towns with large Mexican-American populations have held parades, put on shows with mariachi music and folk dances, and enjoyed traditional food including mole poblano since the 1960s when Chicanos raised awareness around it.