Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles
I was told once that Cinco de Mayo was just an excuse for a party, that the real celebration takes place on Mexican Independence Day, September 16. But it’s true Cinco de Mayo has become a popular day to eat, drink and celebrate the arrival of the Fifth of May. And really, here in Los Angeles, we get to indulge in amazing Mexican cuisine as often as we like with the many eateries dedicated to a variety of Mexican foods. But for a little history lesson, the date of Cinco de Mayo is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.