“Celebrate” Cinco de Mayo In The Capital Region
A bit of cultural education followed by a bit of fun.
Today is in Cinco de Mayo (or the 5th of May for those of you who may not be bilingual) the day is celebrated here in the states essentially as an excuse to drink copious amounts of Corona's and Margarita's and to grub it down on many delicious Mexican specialty dishes.
Which, as a Mexican American, I'm kind of okay with. Look I'm down for any event that brings people together with food and drinks. I'm a social person I like to interact. Plus I feel if it gives people an opportunity to explore another culture a bit how can you go wrong?
Just to clarify, let's revisit the actual reason Cinco de Mayo is even a thing. Technically Cinco de Mayo is celebrated to commemorate the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 (not Mexico's Independence Day, that celebration goes down in September). Actually Cinco de Mayo isn't even really celebrated in Mexico the whole thing started when Mexican miners, who were up in California's gold country, heard the news and were so overjoyed that they spontaneously fired off rifle shots and fireworks, sang patriotic songs and made impromptu speeches. So naturally we here in the states took that celebration and ran with it.
If you happen to know of any celebrations we missed please share them with us in the comments!