This Saturday, we will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo in downtown Providence. We will be out with Millie, the Macaron Ice Cream cart, and there will be an abundance of food trucks, face painting, and music. This should prove to be a fun day, with a little something for everyone.
Contrary to popular belief, however, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day; that comes on September 16. Cinco de Mayo would more accurately be compared to American holidays such as Patriots’ Day, which celebrates the American Revolutionary battles of Concord and Lexington.
On May 5, 1862, near the small town of Puebla, Mexico, a grossly outnumbered Mexican militia thwarted an assault by the powerful French army. Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza led a group of ill-equipped workers to defend the French advance toward Mexico City. This battle became a symbol of Mexican unity after years of war, including the Mexican-American war.
Today, this battle is celebrated with reenactments, parades, and music, with the city of Los Angeles hosting one of the largest celebrations. Here in Providence, we are always open to an excuse for a good time! Thanks to In Downcity, that will happen on Westminster Street, beginning at noon! Come join us, and stop by to say hello! We look forward to seeing you!