Cinco de Mayo
It's HUGE around here.
The nice weather is bound to account for its popularity throughout Mexico and the US Southwest. Although the origin is more misunderstood than the Easter Bunny or Santa, it is not the celebration of the Mexican Independence Day (Sept. 16), as an amazingly large proportion of its participant revelers tend to believe.
The origin of Cinco de Mayo is actually. . . (heh.) It's... (hee hee!) Okay, lemme get a straight face, here.
I can do this. (haw!)
It's a celebration of one of the few times in which the Mexicans were able to defeat the French, who were using a small garrison force. Way back in 1862.
Way to hang on to those propitious victories, guys!
Maybe they needed something to distract them from San Jacinto Day (which we revere, but don't make such a scene over, here in Texas.). The Battle of which they lost just over 26 years before.