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  1. Cinco de Mayo is bigger in the US than it is in Mexico, mostly because beer manufacturers saw it as a marketing opportunity in the 1980's

  2. Cinco de Mayo is only popular among the Chicanos in the US. In Mexico, it's not even a national holiday.

  3. Cinco de Mayo is in celebration of the day Mexico defeated the French, at the Battle of Puebla. Where France were trying to collect on previous loans Mexico stopped making payments on.

  4. Napoleon III of France tried to invade Mexico, and lost on May 5, 1862, the origin of the holiday Cinco de Mayo

  5. Knott's Berry Farm did a Cinco de Mayo promotion where guests would enter the park for only 5 cents. The park closed its gates at 10 a.m. after reaching capacity, turning away 4,000 people from the park, and getting so hectic that over 200 officers in riot gear were called in to restore order.

  6. The French, under Napoleon III, tried taking over Mexico to use it as a base to help the Confederate States win the Civil War. They failed and a year later Mexico celebrated "Cinco de Mayo" for the first time.

  7. Cinco de Mayo is not the day for Mexico's independence, it is The date to to commemorate the Mexican Army's difficult victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla.

  8. Cinco de Mayo is virtually ignored in Mexico and only became popular in the 80s when beer companies started to promot it.

  9. Americans purchase more beer on Cinco de Mayo than for the Super Bowl or St. Patrick's Day

  10. A year after Mexico defeated the French army they came back with 30,000 soldiers and took Mexico City. It only lasted for three years, until Mexico took control once again.

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In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is called "El Día de la Batalla de Puebla", which means The Day of the Battle of Puebla.

2 years after Mexico beat France in the 1862 Battle of Puebla (marked by Cinco de Mayo), France did successfully, briefly, invade Mexico. Claiming it was to collect debts Mexico owed, they installed an Emperor of Mexico. 1 year later, a post-Civil War USA demanded the French leave, so they did.

When Mexicans defeated the French, it also impacted the U.S. It made it impossible for Napolean III the ability to get supplies to the Confederate rebels.

Cinco de Mayo has always been bigger in California than Mexico. Its popularity spread across the US in the 80s, when beer manufacturers saw it as a marketing opportunity.

It is also celebrated in Malta, a country right below Italy.

In 2005, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution to recognize the "historical significance" of Cinco de Mayo.

Americans drink more beer on Cinco de Mayo than on Super Bowl Sunday or St. Patrick's Day.

The French army was better equipped, better trained and was much larger. Mexico only had approximately 4,000 poorly-armed soldiers and France had between 6,500 and 8000 well-equipped soldiers. France hadn"t been beaten in 50 years.

Cinco De Mayo is NOT Mexico's Independence Day but instead the day the Mexican Army had an unlikely victory over French

All the public schools in Mexico are closed on May 5th.

During the U.S Civil War, France took advantage of the situation and installed an unpopular Austrian Archduke to the throne of Mexico. Too weak to act, America began to celebrate Cinco De Mayo as a way of protesting the following year. They have been celebrating every year since.

In Canada, there is a Cinco de Mayo Street Festival held in Windsor, Ontario. A Vancouver, British Columbia sky diving clubs holds a Cinco de Mayo sky diving event.

Some mistakenly believe that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico's Independence Day. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the victory at the Battle of Puebla that took place in 1862.

When the Mexican's beat the French in the Battle at Pueblo, it was unexpected. It was thought the French would win, who were there to collect on war debts.

The world's largest Cinco de Mayo celebration is held in Los Angeles, California. It's called "Fiesta Broadway", and began in 1990. Approximately 600,000 people attend the celebration.

It is more popular in the U.S. then it is in Mexico.

Cinco de Mayo is mostly a U.S. holiday and is not considered a national holiday in Mexico.

In modern history, Puebla is best known for the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It was on that day that the Mexican forces defeated the invading French army. Although the Mexicans ultimately lost the war, the battle became a rallying cry for Mexicans and the inspiration for Cinco de Mayo Day.

There are also celebrations in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands, Montego Bay, Australia, London, Paris and even New Zealand.

Cinco De Mayo is NOT Mexico's Independence Day. May 5th is the date observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla.

If Mexico had lost on Cinco de Mayo, the Confederacy might have gotten support from France and effectively increased their odds of winning

In Chandler Arizona they hold a parade and Chihuahua races each year and crown a King and a Queen Chihuahua.

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated mainly in Pueblo, Mexico. It is not as popular in the rest of the country.

Cinco de Mayo, celebrated as the day the Mexican Army defeated France at the Battle of Puebla, coincidentally also marks the day that Napoleon died, 41 years before the battle.

In 2006, there were at least 150 official Cinco de Mayo events taking place in the U.S.