WHEN: MAY 3RD 4TH AND 5TH 2014
WHERE: PUEBLO, MEXICO AND MANY MAJOR US CITIES
COST: USUALLY FREE
For anyone fortunate enough to be in Mexico over the May Bank Holiday, this is one of those events to put on your list if you are a firework and a chilli lover.
The City of Pueblo has held the brilliant Cinco de Mayo spectacular for a great many years. In history, back in 1862, the French armies were fighting their way to Mexico City where they were to force the local government to honour previous debts to their Country. Of course, the Mexican government were reticent to make payment and particularly under threat.
On paper, the French were an unbeatable adversary as they were a fully armed, fully trained force of fighting men whereas the Mexican forces were untrained with few weapons. However, on 5th May 1862 the underdogs from Mexico took them on and astonishingly won!
Since this time, the locals have held celebrations in recognition of this and although it is still enjoyed and is really another excuse to eat, drink and get merry – a bit like a St Patrick’s day!
Whilst there are celebrations across Mexico and those in Pueblo are probably the most traditional, other major cities across the US have similar parties.
On offer, live entertainment, regional food concessions (don’t you just love burritos!) fairground attractions and family fun and of course, as darkness falls the skies will light up with beautiful effects and noise as the fireworks come out in full force.
We have included a couple of photographs from around the world from the 2013 celebrations for you to get a taste of Cinco de Mayo – enjoy.