Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage in the United States, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances, and street festivals.
In L.A., the best place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is Olvera Street in downtown. Olvera Street is a vibrant, renowned marketplace located in the El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historical Monument on the general site of the birthplace of the city of Los Angeles. There are many artisanal stores and restaurants that offer traditional Mexican food. Exciting fiestas and celebrations are held throughout the year and Cinco de Mayo is the biggest one. I went down there today in my cute Mexican outfit to enjoy margaritas, tacos, and Mariachi music! Ole’!