A common misconception among Americans is that Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico's independence.
But, the actual reason for the holiday is to celebrate the Mexican army's victory over France on May 5 1862. In the US the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture.
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Josue Robles, who was securing a large Mexican flag in the bed of his pickup truck Friday afternoon, said Cinco de Mayo is day to show off his Mexican pride. At the end of the day, nearly 500 French soldiers were killed while Mexican forces lost less than 100 men.
An email to Gonzaga University students warned against "cultural appropriation" on Cinco de Mayo, and said that the holiday has been abused by "non-Mexican individuals". In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades. That makes it ideal for both Cinco de Mayo and baseball season.
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The statement echoed Trump's comments a year ago, when he said that the USA honored "the Mexican-Americans whose fighting spirit and patriotism have been influential in shaping the character of our great Nation". The celebration spread as Hispanic culture grew in the USA, getting a commercial boost in the 1980s when restaurants and bars began cashing in on the event.
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