Thanks Dell, good info, celebrated here in San Antonio, but the biggie for this city is going on now this past week with FIESTA. Today was the Battle of Flowers Parade, also on local TV for 3+ hours. Absolutely marvelous, even with high school bands participating as far away as Illinois. The parade first started in 1891 to honor the hero's who died at the Alamo and has been held every year.
Cinco de Mayo is less than two weeks away. What is this date`s significance?
The history of Cinco de Mayo
Mexican troops under General Ignacio Zaragoza successfully defended the town of Puebla on May 5, 1862, temporarily halting France`s efforts to establish a puppet regime in Mexico. With the U.S. absorbed by the Civil War, Emperor Napoleon III hoped to create a French sphere of influence in Latin America. The victory is commemorated as a national holiday in Mexico.
The Mexican victory at Puebla was short-lived. French reinforcements seized the town in March 1863. The following June, Maximilian, younger brother of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria and a member of the Hapsburg dynasty, was crowned Emperor of Mexico. He remained in power until 1867, when Napoleon III abandoned his Mexican adventure and withdrew his troops.
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become an occasion to celebrate Hispanic culture in general. Fairs commemorating the day feature singing, dancing, food, and other amusements and provide a means of sharing a rich and diverse culture.