Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Cinco De Mayo Celebrations

Today is Cinco de Mayo, one of the most widely celebrated Mexican holidays in the United States.

This year, Cinco de Mayo celebrations were different from those held in previous years, because they were not held in The White House - in the gardens or in East Room in past years - but rather in a totally separate building.

Behind all the fun is the meaning of the day: Mexico's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Enthusiasm for Cinco de Mayo as a holiday only took off with a broader demographic when it began to be associated with the promotion of Mexican alcoholic beverages.

Americans consume up to 81 million pounds of avocados on Cinco de Mayo every year.

Gabriel Sama, the managing editor of the Spanish-language version of technology website CNET was one of many people to take offence.

We went to Chuy's in College Station to get a lesson on how their guacamole and some of their most famous drinks are made.

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People around the Quad Cities spent the night filled with Mexican food, music and of course a few drinks. Previously, a community-wide Cinco de Mayo event was hosted at On The Border.

Clark said the Eastside Business Association is the ideal place for a community Cinco de Mayo celebration to find a home.

Pence also discussed how Latino and Mexican-American families have contributed "their voices and talents to making America great".

What exactly is Cinco de Mayo?

"My concern lives squarely with the people who use Cinco de Mayo as an excuse to appropriate a culture or define it by harmful stereotypes", Ella Cerón wrote for Teen Vogue.

Brown's students observed the day by learning about Mexican culture. When the Civil War finally ended, the USA forced France to withdraw its troops from Mexico and their empire collapsed. But what about people leaving restaurants and getting on the road and driving?

Donald Trump's election has bred some uncertainty and fear amongst some people of Mexican heritage in the United States.

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