How people actually celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Mexico

In America, Cinco de Mayo has become an excuse to eat Mexican food and drink margaritas.

But in Mexico, it’s celebrated a bit differently.

The holiday actually commemorates a military victory, when Mexico defeated the French in 1862. And instead of being celebrated across the country, the only place that really celebrates the holiday is Puebla, where the battle actually took place.

From historical reenactments and parades to mouthwatering meals, here’s what you’ll see happening in Mexico on May 5th.

There's a massive parade in Puebla, where thousands of locals gather and dress as French and Mexican soldiers to reenact the war. After the Mexican troops win, celebrations begin with music, dancing, and food.

There are dozens of brightly-coloured floats in the parade.

Chicken tinga is another iconic dish that's served during Cinco de Mayo. Whether it's served on a plate or in a tortilla, the traditional dish includes chicken cooked in a tomato base and seasoned with onion, garlic, and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.

Mexico City also hosts a big parade with dancing, singing, and re-enactments. Almost everyone is adorned in long, flowing dresses or traditional Mexican pant suits with a bright sombrero.

Now learn more about the holiday.

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