Five Things You May Not Have Known About Cinco de Mayo
BY ERIK BADER
1. IT’S ACTUALLY A CELEBRATION OF AN HISTORIC BATTLE WHERE THE LITTLE GUY WINS
Plenty (too many) people think that Cinco De Mayo is Mexican Independence Day. Nope! (That day is September 16th.) On May 5th 1862, the Mexican army beat the French at the Battle of Puebla. They weren’t supposed to win this one — their army was much smaller. But they did. It was a real-life David and Goliath story and the world has been celebrating ever since.
2. IT’S ACTUALLY MORE OF AN AMERICAN HOLIDAY
The first people to celebrate Cinco de Mayo were Mexican miners in Southern California in 1863. But like most things American, people thought “Holiday = Let’s Drink!” and over the years, Cinco has morphed into the wonderful party we know it as today.
3. AYE, CHIHUAHUAS!
The strangest American Cinco De Mayo celebration takes place in the unlikeliest locale: Chandler, Arizona, where every year roughly 8,000 people arrive for the Chihuahua Races. They also crown a King and Queen Chihuahua. Oh, aye!
4. AVOCADO MASSACRE
Every Cinco De Mayo, Americans consume 81 million pounds of avocados. We all know that it’s important to eat fruits with potassium, but that’s just bananas. (See what I did there?)
5. SPIRIT IN THE SKY
Canadians, being Canadian, celebrate Cinco De Mayo in their own uniquely Canadian way: by falling out of planes on purpose. You read that correct: Vancouver, BC celebrates Cinco De Mayo with an annual “skydiving boogie.”