Why Do People Celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Facts, History About Mexican Holiday

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The Denver Police Department will also be keeping a watch on Cinco de Mayo "cruising" along Federal Boulevard. Mexico's most important national holiday is celebrated September 16, commemorating the Cry of Dolores (Grito de Dolores) that initiated the 1810 war for Mexican independence from Spain.

He launched his presidential campaign in 2016 by accusing Mexico of "sending people that have lots of problems" to the USA, and has repeatedly vowed to build a border wall between the two countries.

Cinco de Mayo marks the Mexican Army's underdog victory against the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The French retreated though it would take six more years - and more battles - to convince the French to exit Mexico. So, a little poignant, eh?

Many gathered in Tautphaus Park in Idaho Falls today for Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

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"AAA will be there to get you home safely", Michael Blasky, spokesperson for AAA Utah, said in a news release. Heck, you can even try to learn some if you like.

With so much to do, how can you choose?

Consider the real-world repercussions of your political choices and how they affect Mexicans.

Hoxmeier and O'Donnell emphasized that Cinco de Mayo party-goers have the option of calling a cab, using public transit or hailing a private ride service like Lyft or Uber.