Posted: Monday, 05 May 2014 6:07AM
Laissez les Cinco de Mayo roule?
Any reason's a good one to celebrate in New Orleans. Today, it's a Mexican holiday!
The consumption of Coronas will likely increase in New Orleans today.
It's Cinco de Mayo, a national holiday in Mexico.
The date is observed south of the border to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
"That's what Mexico celebrates. That's what Cinco de Mayo is," says Abby Cruz. She's from Mexico and works at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana.
"Nationwide, it's celebrated," she says."They do the parades and there's no school. It's acknowledged just like a holiday here in the United States."
But, it's a much more somber, and sober, celebration in Mexico than it's observance here.
"It's more of an educational type of celebration," says Cruz.
"Getting drunk or celebrating with margaritas...that's not what happens, what goes on in Mexico."
In fact, she says margaritas aren't really a Mexican drink. And, she's not quite sure why we celebrate it here.
"I couldn't tell you." Cruz says. "Maybe, I guess, because we're so close...the United States is so close to Mexico."
But, Rosa Rodriguez, with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, says we don't take it quite so seriously here in the U.S.
"To honest with you, I think it's more of a fun, party kind of day...just to go and enjoy some Mexican food and music and drinks, basically."
So, folks here are more likely to down a Dos Equis...maybe a Tecate or two.
"I think, here in New Orleans, we look to any reason to have a party," says Rodriguez. "It doesn't take much to motivate our community to celebrate."
"It's one of those fun little holidays for a good time. And, we use any excuse to do that."
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