Traditions, Holidays & Festivals

El Cinco de Mayo (The fifth of May)

Every year on 5 May, Puebla celebrates the defeat of invading French troops here in 1862. Celebrations include several days of concerts, lectures, other cultural activities. On the 5th itself, there is a very large parade and a re-enactment of the battle.

The parade includes the Mexican Army, Navy, Special Forces, and soldiers dressed in period uniform. The military displays tanks, Humvees, and armored personnel carriers. Civilian participation includes school bands, students, and floats, both from Mexico and from abroad.

Although celebrated in the United States, this holiday is not widely observed in other parts of Mexico.