May 5: A fiesta up here and they remember a battle down in Mexico

Today we celebrate “Cinco de Mayo” in Dallas, Miami, Los Angeles and elsewhere else.

So what’s the big deal about “Cinco de Mayo”?  Why is everyone so happy and festive?

Allan Wall has a good summary for those of us who are not Mexican or studied Mexican history in school. Read it over a beer and some good spicy nachos.

In the US, specially in the Southwest, “Cinco de Mayo” has turned into a Mexican version of St. Patrick’s Day in Boston, Columbus Day in New York or Polish Day in Chicago.

Down in Mexico, “Cinco de Mayo” is about a battle around Puebla, or south of Mexico City.  Up here,  it is a celebration of Mexican heritage in the US.    

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