What You Need to Know About Cinco de Mayo

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Aye, Aye, Aye! It’s holiday fun facts time once again on el blog. Our latest excuse to party: Cinco de Mayo.

Like many of our other festive holidays, we adapted this special gem of a day from our Mexican neighbors. To be honest, that’s about all I know about Cinco de Mayo (hey, that rhymes) other than the name means May 5th in Spanish. Using my journalistic skills that I have so meticulously refined during my four years of college I’ve brought you some interesting facts about Cinco de Mayo.

Let’s hear some fun facts, shall we? 

  • Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. In fact, this day celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over the invading French army in 1862.
  • Americans are expected to consume over 70 million POUNDS of avocados tomorrow! This is making really hungry for some quesadillas. Bring on the guacamole.

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  • The largest Cinco de Mayo party in the world is not even in Mexico. Fiesta Broadway is its name and is actually in Los Angeles, CA.  This makes sense because there are about 10.5 million residents of Mexican decent live in this area.
  • Cinco de Mayo celebrations that we’ve come to know today weren’t around until 1967. Some students from California State University noticed that there weren’t any Mexican holidays celebrated in America like there were for citizens of other descents, like St. Patrick’s Day, Oktoberfest, or Chinese New Year. That reminds me. There aren’t any Italian holidays that our on the national calendar. How about June 18 ;).

Grab your blenders, salt, and limes and get to partying friends. Responsibly of course. Hasta la proxima.

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