“Literally “the Fifth of May,” Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican Holiday celebrating the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862. In 1861, France sent a massive army to invade Mexico, as they wanted to collect on some war debts. The French army was much larger, better trained and equipped than the Mexicans struggling to defend the road to Mexico City. It rolled through Mexico until it reached Puebla, where the Mexicans made a valiant stand, and, against all logic, won a huge victory. It was short-lived, as the French army regrouped and continued; eventually taking Mexico City, but the euphoria of an unlikely victory against overwhelming odds is remembered every May fifth”. (http://latinamericanhistory.about.com/od/thehistoryofmexico/p/10cincodemayobasics.htm).
When I lived in New York, I attended many cultural parades and events but I never attended a Cinco de Mayo event. I was definitely excited to be at this event, particularly since Texas, used to be Mexico’s territory. I was looking forward to a very authentic/real experience. An experience akin to the one that one will experience in Mexico. It was a very different event and there were things that I saw occur at the parade that I’ve never seen before, in any parade. For example, people participating in the parade threw items like candies, cookies, mexican spices, Doritos at individuals in the crowd. I understood this as a cultural happening and went with the flow. Yes, I admit, I picked up that candy and took the mexican spice. Like seriously, who can refuse spices? No, not me!
Another thing, I loved about the Cinco De Mayo parade was that it showcased the melange that is Mexican culture. From the way that participants were dressed you could see the influence of Spanish, Native American and American culture.
This event occurred in downtown Houston, a couple of weeks ago. I wasn’t dressed in a traditional outfit. LOOOOOL!!! It was an interesting event. Here are some pictures… enjoy….:)
*I am not quite ready to write on the Nigeria happenings yet.