Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day!
I remember one of my teachers at Lynwood High School in California explaining that while Cinco De Mayo is a great holiday to celebrate “our roots,” it is not the true Mexican independence day. We only celebrate Cinco De Mayo, she said, because there’s not enough time at the beginning of the school year to organize a party for the real Mexican independence day on September 15.
Whether that’s the reason or not, Cinco de Mayo is still a day to celebrate. It is honoring the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. It was a short victory, because the French Army moved on and took Mexico City.
Take advantage of this celebration full of colors, Mexican flags, margaritas and half-price Coronas. If you happen to be in NYC, I recommend POSH, my favorite bar in Hell’s Kitchen, or Club Evolution, the hottest gay Latin club in Queens. They will be popping tonight.
Felíz Cinco de Mayo!