54. The Cinco de Mayo Celebration
The Cinco de Mayo, or Fifth of May,
a holiday celebrating Mexican Independence day in the
States. Before 1776, much of the southern and
states, such as Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada,
, and California were part of Mexico. Following the
between the U.S. and Mexico in the 1800s,
states became part of the United States, but
still remained a very large Mexican population.
population is the largest, single ethnic group in
country. It accounts for 17 percent of the
's population, and 63 percent of those Latinos are
Mexican origins. The Cinco de Mayo is a
celebration in the country's southwest region. It celebrates
Mexican victory in the Battle of Puebla, against
on May 5, 1862. Curiously, the day is
more in the United States than it is
In Los Angeles, the city celebrates
event with the Fiesta Broadway, which is the
Cinco de Mayo celebration in the world. More
half a million people come to downtown L.A.
participate in the street fair that covers 24
blocks. The celebration takes place on the last
of April. There are rides, games, and especially
at this celebration and it is growing every
. Los Angeles is not the only Southland city
host Cinco de Mayo celebrations. The cities of
, West Los Angeles, and Commerce also have events,
the famous Olvera Street celebration in downtown L.A.
also very popular.
One of the most unique
de Mayo events takes place in the Hancock
district of Los Angeles. It is called the
de Mayo. This celebration is an annual charity
that began in 1999. It is a private
that benefits the homeless by providing shelter and
. Cinco de Mayo is a truly American celebration.