Although many believe it is Mexico’s Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo is actually the anniversary of a battle that took place between the Mexicans and the French in 1862.
When Mexico stopped making payments on its foreign debt to France in 1861, Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte sent French soldiers to seize portions of Mexico and obtain the money they owed.
In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is mainly celebrated with parades in the state and city of Puebla, but the holiday is actually more widely celebrated north of the border than it is south of the border.
The Festival de Fiesta Broadway is held in Los Angeles, Calif., and is the largest Cinco de Mayo event in the world, attracting more than 600,000 people annually. The event consists of parades, food, music and plenty of dancing.
The Cinco de Mayo festival in Chandler, Arizona, is famous for (you guessed it) Chihuahuas! There are Chihuahua parades, races and pageants. At the end, a King and Queen of the Chihuahuas are crowned.