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What you didn’t know about Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo … the fifth of May—time to grab some chips and salsa and get the party started, right? But do you even know what you are celebrating? Maybe … Mexico’s Independence Day? Sorry, try again. No idea? It might be time to do a little research into Mexican history.

A float from a Cinco de Mayo Parade. (Credit: Louvonia McClain)

A float from a Cinco de Mayo Parade. (Credit: Louvonia McClain)

Here are the Cinco de Mayo facts—it is a holiday about celebrating freedom for Mexico and remembering the Battle of Puebla, a turning point during the French-Mexican War, but it is not the country’s Independence Day. Read more