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Cinco de Mayo

May Eynon
Air Jordan, Basia, and Patrick keep the margaritas flowing at the Cantina.

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of freedom and liberty. For Mexicans, it commemorates a victory over the French army that dates back to May 5, 1862. For Aspen locals, it signifies a spring fiesta, such as the ones that took place at Su Casa and the Cantina on May 5, 2005. Margaritas, cervezas and other concoctions flowed throughout the afternoon and evening at both establishments. For the record, the fifth of May is not Mexican Independence Day, nor is it an American holiday. (Mexico declared its independence from Spain on Sept. 16, 1810.) Cinco de Mayo’s significance pertains to a battle on Mexican soil a half a century later. History has it that on the morning of May 5, 1862, 4,000 Mexican soldiers overtook the French (and traitor Mexican) army of 8,000 at Puebla, Mexico, 100 miles east of Mexico City.

Under Emperor Napoleon III, the French army invaded Mexico with the intent of collecting debts from the newly elected government of President Benito Juarez. To their surprise, however, the Mexican Army was indefatigable and fended off the French troops. Cinco de Mayo honors the bravery and victory of the outnumbered Mexican militia at the Battle of Puebla. Today it is most celebrated in the Mexican state of Puebla as well as around the United States (as evidenced here in Aspen).To contact May to send info, insights or invites, e-mail

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