Cinco de Mayo is a holiday which commemorates the battle of 1862 in which Mexican troops defeated French forces in Puebla, Mexico. The holiday, which is celebrated in cities throughout North America, is an event of historical import in the city of Puebla, where the fighting took place. In this state capital, Cinco de Mayo is commemorated with a civic parade, a re-enactment of the military maneuvers, and other festivities.
Cinco de Mayo Parade
A civic parade with over 20,000 participants is one of the main events of Puebla's Cinco de Mayo celebrations. School children, students, military and floats will be featured in the parade. This parade usually runs along Boulevard Cinco de Mayo.
Puebla is the fourth largest city in Mexico, and its historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is located only a few hours drive from Mexico City, near the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes. On a visit to Puebla you should take a walking tour of the historical center, sample mole poblano and chiles en nogada, and visit the Amparo museum. Puebla is the best place to purchase talavera pottery. It is also very close to the town of Cholula, where you can visit the world's largest pyramid.
International Mole Festival
The first International Mole Festival was held as part of the 2012 Cinco de Mayo in Puebla festivities. The program celebrates mole poblano, the version of the spicy/sweet rich sauce from Puebla, with culinary discussions, exhibitions, and tastings. It features leading international, national, and regional chefs.
Cinco de Mayo
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