I'm sure most of you along with myself hear 'Cinco De Mayo' as 'Cinco De Drinko' due to the reputation of being a day full of celebration.  Some know the true meaning while others see it as a time to drink a few Dos Equis or Corona.


Most people see Cinco De Mayo as a chance to party it up with Mexican beers and great Mexican food.  Actually my favorite Mexican beer to drink is Dos Equis, NO tequila for this guy though!  As far as food goes, living in Texas has kind of spoiled me.  I love Mexican food and have it more often than I should probably so on Cinco De Mayo I like to grill out but also have all the Mexican dishes as well.  My buddy and I had a 'party' for Cinco De Mayo when I lived in Fort Worth, but it didn't turn out too well.  We bought all the food and beer but while at work our electricity went out.  All the food was ruined.  We went to Mexican restaurant instead.

While looking at the history of the holiday I, too, see it as a reason to celebrate.  In Mexico it is celebrated due to winning the Battle of Puebla against France on May 5th 1862.  The French were better equipped with about 8,000 troops and more prepared than the 4,000 Mexican troops.  Since that battle no European country has invaded the Americas.  Way to go, Mexico!

In the U.S. it is a celebration of Mexican heritage and there are many celebrations nationwide that isn't just for binge drinking.  Click San Angelo Cinco De Mayo for a list of events in the Concho Valley this weekend for Cinco De Mayo.  I'm not saying to not partake in the party just be safe!  Don't drink and drive.\

-Ben Ryan



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