Five Facts About Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo Parade 2014.

Cinco de Mayo Parade 2014.

Cinco de Mayo is considered by many one of the biggest parties of the year featuring Mexican cuisine, music and margaritas, but there is a lot more the holiday than most may think. Here are five interesting facts about Cinco de Mayo that you may not have known:

1. Cinco de Mayo is Not Mexico’s Independence Day

It is a common misconception that Cinco de May is the same thing as Mexico’s Independence Day. Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16, because it was on that day in 1810 that Father Miguel Hidalgo took to his pulpit in the village church of the town of Dolores and invited his flock to take up arms and join him in overthrowing Spanish tyranny. Independence Day is a very important holiday in Mexico and not to be confused with Cinco de Mayo.

2. Cinco de Mayo Commemorates a Battle

Cinco de Mayo is a big deal in Puebla, Mexico where the famous battle took place. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).

3. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the U.S. than in Mexico

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States, by Mexicans and Americans alike, than it is in Mexico. One theory for why it is more popular in the U.S. is that at one time, it was celebrated in all of Mexico and by Mexicans living in former Mexican territories such as Texas and California. It was ignored in Mexico after a while but still celebrated north of the border, which never got out of the habit of remembering the famous battle.

4. Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for the fifth of May

5. St. Paul is one of the top 10 places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the U.S.

According to USA Today, St. Paul’s District Del Sol on the West Side hosts one of the nation’s best Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Festivities include a parade down Cesar Chavez Street, a low-rider car show, a 5K race and three stages of live entertainment.

“My focus of Cinco de Mayo is the opportunity to show outsiders our neighborhood and culture,” said Jose Frias, Owner of Boca Chica Restaurant y Cantina. “I grew up performing Ballet Folkorico at Cinco de Mayo Saint Paul and now I book bands for the Fiesta stage during the celebration. It has become very important for me to help the community organize the event for success and proper representation of our community. 

Jose recently partnered with other local businesses to start Cinco Crawl which is a pub crawl feature local bars. This was done in effort to show off our business community. Visit for more information.


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