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Hoppy Cinco de Mayo!  Today is about so much more than drinking.

May 5th is celebrated every year as a Mexican holiday.  It was on this day in 1862 the Medican army defeated French invaders at the Battle of Puebla

On June 7, 2005, the U.S. Congress issued a Concurrent Resolution calling on the President of the United States to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities

In a 1998 study in the Journal of American Culture it was reported that there were more than 120 official U.S. celebrations of Cinco de Mayo, and they could be found in 21 different states. An update in 2006, found that the number of official Cinco de Mayo events was 150 or more

Mexicans and Latinos living in California during the American Civil War are credited with being the first to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the United States.  There are 28.3 million Mexican Americans living in the United States today

Events tied to Cinco de Mayo also occur outside Mexico and the United States. For example, a sky-diving club near Vancouver, Canada, holds a Cinco de Mayo skydiving event. In the Cayman Islands, in the Caribbean, there is an annual Cinco de Mayo air guitar competition.  As far away as the island of Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, revelers are encouraged to drink Mexican beer on May 5.

If you’re planning to celebrate with a margarita, I hope you’re not on a diet.  There are 564 calories in a 12 ounce drink.  That’s a lot of calories.  But then again, Cinco de Mayo only comes around once a year.  So celebrate with this unusual rendidtion of  the Mexican Hat Dance.

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