Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

People share why they're celebrating Cinco de Mayo

The Minnesota State Patrol says Cinco de Mayo 2016 brought tragedy and sorrow to too many families.

The Mexican community celebrates more than 365 festivals each year.

"Tequila! Margaritas! Tacos! Reason to drink".

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The battle, pitting 2,000 Mexican troops against 6,000 French, commenced on May 5 and lasted from daybreak through the evening. At the end of the day, nearly 500 French soldiers were killed while Mexican forces lost less than 100 men.

This year, Cinco de Mayo celebrations were different from those held in previous years, because they were not held in The White House - in the gardens or in East Room in past years - but rather in a totally separate building. It was the beginning of a series of battles that would eventually lead to the full evacuation of the French from Mexico six years later.

Abraham Lincoln sympathized with the Mexican cause but: Abraham Lincoln sympathized with the Mexican cause during the French occupation but was unable to lend direct support to the nation due to the U.S. Civil War, which was taking place at the same time. Yet the holiday has always curiously been celebrated with more emotion in the country governed by President Donald Trump than in Mexico itself.

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Much like St. Patrick's Day - the first St. Patrick's Day parade was in NY, not Ireland, and was initially observed in Boston primarily by protestants, not Catholics - Cinco de Mayo in the United States has only tenuous ties to its historical roots.

Vazquez tells us that in the city of Puebla celebrates the holiday with a huge parade. Read our post, How to Plan the Ultimate Cinco de Mayo Party, for tips!

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