Cinco De Mayo celebrations in Tucson

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - Many Southern Arizonans will be joining in on the Cinco De Mayo festivities in Tucson Thursday.

Cinco De Mayo, or the 5th of May, is a day many celebrate Mexican heritage with traditional food, drinks, music, and customs.

But what's the true meaning behind the holiday?

Many people confuse it with Mexico's Independence day on September 16th.

However, Cinco De Mayo festivities celebrate Mexico's victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

History says that's when Napoleon's French army of around 8,000 soldiers was defeated by a much smaller and poorly armed Mexican militia of around 4,500.

The holiday is typically celebrated in the city of Puebla and across the United States, especially in areas with a high population of people with Mexican heritage.

Here's a list of some of the celebrations happening in Tucson Thursday.

  • Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Breakfast, 8 a.m., The Fountains at La Cholla
  • Desertview Performing Arts Theater, 7:30 p.m., featuring Genaro Moreno with traditional mariachi
  • El Charro, 12 p.m., Broadway and Wilmot location
  • 2nd Annual Cinco on Congress Festival, 4 p.m.
  • The Hut, 8 p.m., featuring the B-Foundation
  • Sharks Bar, 9 p.m.

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