Cinco De Mayo

Brie Newcombe, Photography Editor

Cinco de Mayo means “the fifth of May,” and is celebrated with a festival of food and dancing. The Cinco de Mayo holiday is a celebration honoring the victory of the Battle of Puebla, though Cinco de Mayo in America is more of a Mexican pride day.

    The Battle of Puebla took place in 1862, and was primarily fought between France, America, and Mexico. Originally, the conflict was between England, Spain, France, America, and Mexico, but England and Spain backed out of the actual battle. America and Mexico defeated France and won freedom for Mexico.

    The celebration of Cinco de Mayo includes parades, speeches, and reenactments of the battle. In the past, the celebration did not spread to the rest of the country, it was solely in Puebla. That tradition stayed until Cinco de Mayo was used as a promotional device for alcohol.

    Many people confuse Cinco de Mayo with the Mexican Independence day. Specifics for Cinco de Mayo are not widely known, as most people do not seek out information about it. The Mexican Independence day is on September 16th, much different than May 5th.

    Many people in the Lake Fenton area have been to or know of Sagebrush, the Mexican cantina. This year on Cinco de Mayo, they are holding a special deal. Along with drink specials, Sagebrush is doing giveaways with special prizes. This Cinco de Mayo celebration is at Sagebrush on Fenton Rd, and is running all day long.