Why Do People Celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Facts, History About Mexican Holiday

Rosemary Collier
May 6, 2018

Riverside County sheriff's deputies, Murrieta police officers and other law enforcement officials Saturday will step up patrols to catch Cinco de Mayo celebrants who risk drinking and driving.

Partyers in the USA brought in $658 million in booze revenue in 2013 alone. "It's the holiday where we Americans celebrate Mexican culture the way we celebrate all cultures in America - by getting hammered on culturally appropriate liquor", Colbert joked. Whatever your style, here's everything you need to know to make it your best Cinco de Mayo ever. Though far outnumbered, Mexicans led by General Ignacio Zaragoza fortified the small town of Puebla de Los Angeles and forced the French to retreat after losing close to 500 soldiers, according to History.com.

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While running for president, Trump marked the Mexican holiday by tweeting a picture of himself eating a taco bowl.

The event organizers say today is a celebration for Mexico, but also a way to bring different communities together.

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Traditionally, folks will cruise up and down the surrounding neighborhoods to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

The event will be held at Starlight Ranch Event Center from 5:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Restaurant operators are aiming to be part of the festivities with drink specials, live music and discounts on food.

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