Saturday, May 5, Cinco de Mayo ~ Olé!! Seville Quarter is hosting the Pensacola’s Largest Cinco de Mayo Festival. The Cinco de Mayo Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. on May 5 with a Mexican inspired Lunch and carry on through the night. Live music will start at 3pm out in the End O’the Alley and in Apple Annie’s. Contest kicking off at 6 p.m. So bring the entire family and help us celebrate this Cinco de Mayo, May 5th, just because it is a PARTY!!!!!!
The 5th of May is not Mexican Independence Day, but it should be! And Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday, but it should be. Most “gringos” have little idea why they are coming to a Cinco de Mayo celebration but are happy to commemorate the day and join in the fun and parties on May 5th. We will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo downtown with a Taco bar and Great Cinco de Mayo Drink Specials
History about Cinco de Mayo
This festival observes the 1862 victory of 4,000 ill-equipped Mexicans over 8,000 well-equipped French invaders. The battle known as La Batalla de Puebla or The Battle of Puebla took place on… (you guessed it) May 5.
When the Mexican militia finally ousted the French army from the city of Puebla (on their way to attack Mexico City), there was reason to celebrate. After all, the French had supposedly come to Mexico only to collect on debts owed to them. Instead, they brought along a ruling prince and set themselves up to be in charge.
The French believed that the Mexican militia could never defeat their modern army, but they did, changing Mexican and perhaps American history forever. The battle took place on May 5, 1862. Every year since, Cinco de Mayo (or 5th of May) has been considered a holiday. Interestingly, the holiday isn’t a big deal in Mexico. It’s celebrated in Puebla and a few surrounding towns. In America, however, Cinco de Mayo is widely celebrated, especially in cities with large Mexican-American populations.