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With the Kentucky Derby conveniently colliding with Cinco de Mayo this year, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate! While often mistaken in the U.S.to be Mexico's Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo actually celebrates Mexico's victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In the USA the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. At the end of the day, nearly 500 French soldiers were killed while Mexican forces lost less than 100 men.

In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo celebrations were first held in California in the 1860s, marked among the hundreds of Mexican miners who had crossed the border to work in the west.

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Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for the fifth of May, is celebrated in a very different way in Mexico, where the holiday originated, than it is in the United States. The battle wasn't a decisive turning point, and the French ended up taking Mexico City a year later and ruling for about three more years.

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Some of the largest celebrations in the US are held in Los Angeles and in towns throughout the west where there are large Mexican-American populations. That defeat nearly singlehandedly restored national pride to a country that had been torn apart by civil war and foreign invasions for decades, and to this day it has become a staple celebration throughout the entire continent. The day is commemorated with celebrations of Mexican cuisine, culture and music.

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