Friday, May 5, 2016
Seville Quarter is hosting the Pensacola’s Largest Cinco de Mayo Festival on May 5th. The Festival will feature great Mexican Food, Mexican Beer and Mexican Tequila and great Latin Sound of DJ David C. The Cinco de Mayo Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday May 5th with a Mexican inspired Lunch and carry on through the night with great live music. The festive Happy Hour will start at 5pm out in the End O’the Alley Courtyard featuring Tres Agaves pair up with Dos Equis for a Dos (Equis) plus Tres (Agaves)= Cinco de Mayo!
The 5th of May is not Mexican Independence Day, but it should be! And Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday, but it should be. Most "gringos" have little idea why they are coming to a Cinco de Mayo celebration but are happy to commemorate the day and join in the fun and parties on May 5th.
History about Cinco de Mayo
This festival observes the 1862 victory of 4,000 ill-equipped Mexicans over 8,000 well-equipped French invaders. The battle known as La Batalla de Puebla or The Battle of Puebla took place on... (you guessed it) May 5.
When the Mexican militia finally ousted the French army from the city of Puebla (on their way to attack Mexico City), there was reason to celebrate. After all, the French had supposedly come to Mexico only to collect on debts owed to them. Instead, they brought along a ruling prince and set themselves up to be in charge.
The French believed that the Mexican militia could never defeat their modern army, but they did, changing Mexican and perhaps American history forever. The battle took place on May 5, 1862. Every year since, Cinco de Mayo (or 5th of May) has been considered a holiday. Interestingly, the holiday isn't a big deal in Mexico. It's celebrated in Puebla and a few surrounding towns. In America, however, Cinco de Mayo is widely celebrated, especially in cities with large Mexican-American populations.