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Cinqo de Mayo is coming up this weekend, so New York Minute asked Mexnthecity to set the record straight. Celebrate your heart out this weekend, but get the facts straight. 


Hold your liquor one moment and toast “salud” to authentic Mexican culture.


1. Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day. 


2. Cinco de Mayo is an American holiday and not celebrated in Mexico. The date honors the Battle of Puebla in 1862 when a small Mexican army defeated French troops in Puebla, Mexico. Mexican-Americans appropriated this battle and this date in the United States in the ’60s as a symbol of resistance. 


3. Most Mexican immigrants in New York come from  the State of Puebla. The U.S. Census data reveals that Mexicans are New York City’s fastest growing ethnic group.


4.Don’t be a statistic or a stereotype. Cinco de Mayo is day that Americans imbibe the most tequila all year and it’s the second largest beer holiday to St. Patrick’s day. Be authentic, try mezcal.


5. Cinco de Mayo is a day thT Mexican nationals and Mexican Americans use as cultural cache to teach the rest of you what being “Mexican” can mean sans sarape, sombrero and cactus. We are just like you, but we can probably drink more tequila.


At we take great pride in our culture and use every opportunity to school the untaught. We know that Cinco de Mayo is a big consumer holiday, but we co-opt the day to promote Mexican culture. We actually fly musical acts in. Do you get the irony/specialness of that?


We will still drink and dance with you but our mission is to encourage you to look past the mariachi and margarita in NYC and support Mexican owned businesses like La Superior and Tacombi. Every year for the past four years, we throw a huge dance party at Le Possion Rouge. This year we feature the female rapper Nina Dioz and the cumbia duo, Los Masterplus who cover Daft Punk. It’s time to celebrate, una vez mas.

 Happy Cinqo de Mayo!
Photography by Michelle

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