Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May) is a celebration with serious origins. While the United States was in the middle of its Civil War, on May 5, 1862, the Mexican state of Puebla fought its own revolution against France. The battle was a David versus Goliath struggle, and to everyone’s surprise, Mexican general Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín defeated the French army, one of the best armies in the world.
Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independece Day. Independence Day is September 16.
In Texas, Cinco de Mayo is a festive day. There are parades, parties and dances all over Texas. And not just Texas. Our friend Sue in Iowa reports they had a big parade in downtown Des Moines.
Today, I watched the annual parade along Jefferson Street in Oak Cliff, an old neighborhood in Dallas.