Cinco de Mayo en todo el país (around the country)

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There’s much more to Cinco de Mayo than doing tequila shots and stuffing taquitos down your throat, even though American bars would have you believe otherwise. Mexico is a country rich in tradition and despite many Americans thinking its Mexican Independence day, it’s actually a celebration of winning the Battle of Puebla in 1862 against the French. It was 50 years prior to this battle that Mexico fought for its independence from Spain.

Carlos Harrison of the Huffington Post wrote a great article this past Thursday on “How A Mexican Battle Became An American Party.” In the same vein of re-education, and yes, partying, we’ve pulled together a collection of photos to show the diversity and excitement of modern Cinco de Mayo celebrations 150 years in the making.