Cinco De Mayo celebration set for Saturday

Troopers say almost 1,000 drivers risked their lives and the lives of others on the road over the last five Cinco de Mayo celebrations (2012-2016) when they chose to get behind the wheel drunk.

Although Cinco de Mayo is a big celebration in Puebla, where the battle was fought, Cinco de Mayo is much more popular in America.

"It's a celebration of the American people actually embracing the Mexican heritage, and that's simply how it should be left", said Roberto Arreola, chairman of the Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Though not all Mexicans celebrate the holiday, some Latino leaders saw this as another way for Trump to slight the Latino community.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is among the law enforcement agencies planning to conduct DUI saturation patrols Friday in connection with Cinco de Mayo. "It's a great marketing opportunity for Mexican restaurants", Story says.

The Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo - sometimes erroneously confused with Mexican Independence Day - celebrates the Battle of Puebla, or El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla.

For many San Jose residents, the day represents a chance for residents to show their cultural pride.

"A lot of people think that Cinco de Mayo, of course, is Mexican Independence Day and it is not", said foreign language teacher Jennifer Brown on Friday.

"Cinco de Mayo is really the kick off to summer, especially in New England", Frasco noted. Cinco de Mayo has had a positive effect on America's trade with Mexico, at least in regards to the U.S.'s alcohol intake.

The French army had invaded Mexico a year earlier in 1861.

However, there are other ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, such as with a taste of authentic Mexican flavor.

In the last five years (2011 - 2015), 462 people were killed in drunk driving-related crashes in Minnesota.

In the United States, May 5 tends to be a general celebration of Mexican culture. We also are celebrating there's a history of resistance.

"My wife is from Mexico and I'm from El Paso, Texas, and love to cook", Art said.

  • Salvatore Jensen