What does Cinco de Mayo mean to us?


While people all over the USA will be sipping margaritas and pounding Coronas today, only a small percentage of Mexicans in Mexico will celebrate the regional holiday.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the day in 1862 when the undermanned and ill-equipped Mexican army, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza, conquered the French forces of Napoleon III at the Battle of Puebla.

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's independence day from Spain, which occurred in 1810 and is celebrated on September 16.

Chef Sammy Muscovic from Selena Rosa Mexicana Restaurant on the Upper East Side stopped by to show us how to make some dishes you'll be proud to have at your Cinco de Mayo party.

While running for president, Trump marked the Mexican holiday by tweeting a picture of himself eating a taco bowl.

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is observed with political speeches and battle re-enactments. "Because of this, there are many instances when Cinco de Mayo becomes a holiday that is full of cultural appropriation". In the USA the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture.

And on Story Road, vendors lined the sidewalk selling Mexican flags and other trinkets for people who plan to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

Applebee's, with locations throughout Spokane, extended its Dollarita $1 margarita special for the day.