15 May Cinco de Mayo continues to draw crowds across Australia
One of the biggest Mexican celebrations Cinco de Mayo continues to attract more people each year in one of the country’s biggest celebrations of South American culture, food, music and dance.
The festival was originally celebrated to commemorate the Mexican battle of Puebla where the French were defeated, leaving the traditional culture, heritage and national heritage to be restored in the country. The battle lasted from daybreak to early evening, and when the French finally retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers. Fewer than 100 Mexicans had been killed in the clash.
The old naval store precinct in Brisbane is transformed into a little Mexico each year, featuring a Mariachi band, salsa dancing, Mexican street food, and more.
Today, many people confuse Cinco de Mayo with the Mexican Independence Day, which actually was actually declared more than fifty years before the Battle of Puebla.