May 6, 2011 § Leave a comment
If you missed yesterday’s celebration of Cinco de Mayo, here is a little excerpt of what was happening in the Financial District. Tlaloc Sabor Mexicana was hosting their yearly Cinco de Mayo celebration with a happy hour special from 5 to 7 p.m..
An all-female band named Mariachi Femenil Orgullo Mexicano played an hour-long set for the crowd. The outdoor seating area was quickly packed, as the neighborhood office workers indulged in happy hour, soaking up the last bit of sunshine before the fog rolled in.
Kelly Klare came along with co-workers to hang out. Their group was trying to figure out the meaning of the celebration, but they weren’t sure. What they knew was that they were celebrating another country’s holiday.
For most people, what Cinco de Mayo commemorates wasn’t certain, but that did not stop them from celebrating.
“Whatever it is, it’s americanized. It’s a big drinking holiday, like St. Patrick’s day,” said Lincoln Gunn, who came from his work in SoMa to meet his girlfriend who works in the area.
And under the sun, to the sound and vibrant energy from this all-women Mariachi band, another Cinco de Mayo had come and gone, slightly infused with tequila.
May 4, 2011 § Leave a comment
Ever wondered what Cinco de Mayo is all about?
To start, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day!
The holiday, celebrated every May 5, commemorates the victory of the Mexican Army over the French during the 1862 Battle of Puebla.
At the beginning of 1862, French, Spanish and English troops arrived in Mexico after Mexican President Benito Juarez announced that debts repayments would be suspended for two years. While British and Spanish settled and left, the French, eager to expand their empire decided to stay.
While Napoleon’s French Army had not been defeated in 50 years, it was crushed by 4,000 mexican soldiers, led by Texas-born General Ignacio Zaragoza. However, the Mexican victory was short-lived. The French overpowered them and France managed to occupy Mexico until 1867.
The holiday is not a Federal holiday in Mexico, and is in fact not celebrated as much as it is here in the U.S., notably in California and Texas. Many celebrate this day with parades, mariachi music, dancing, while enjoying mexican food and drinks. Ariba-riba-riba!
Happy Cinco de Mayo!