Lots of people think May 5th is the Mexican version of our July 4th. But Mexico's Independence Day is actually in September. This May holiday is to celebrate an underdog victory against super-power France back in 1862. And even though Mexico succumbed to French rule less than a year later, the importance of that victory lives on...
In places like Oregon.
Thanks to a partnership with its sister city Guadalajara, Mexico, Portland, Oregon has one of the largest annual Cinco de Mayo festivals. Over 300,000 people attend the festival each year -- some even travel from Guadalajara TO Portland, bringing authentic Mexican food and culture with them!
I wanted to celebrate this 5th of May by eating lots of good Mexican food, but my human said I had to settle for wearing a sombrero.