What is Cinco de Mayo anyway? The history of a holiday

Cinco de Mayo met with more ambivalence in age of Trump

Cinco de Mayo celebrations aren't just for May 5.

It's a holiday that many already thought was appropriated by breweries, liquor companies and bars. So does that mean Duhamel is trying his own thing with the Cinco de Mayo lime drop? He also described the Battle of Puebla - the Mexican victory over the French which the holiday celebrates - as "a day defined by courage and sacrifice in the defense of freedom".

Yazmin Irazoqui Ruiz of Albuquerque, New Mexico, says participants may eat Mexican food for a day but aren't helping immigrants who feel under attack.

According to Grubhub, certain types of tacos enjoy a bigger Cinco de Mayo surge than others, with barbacoa soft tacos orders in the lead, seeing a 954 percent spike in orders across America on Cinco de Mayo.

Many Mexican-American leaders took note of downgraded celebration.

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In lieu of a celebration hosted by the President, Vice President Mike Pence hosted an intimate get-together on Thursday in the Indian Treaty Room, where he spoke glowingly of Mexico and Mexican-Americans. "The president has made the Latino community a priority and we always will".

Today, Cinco de Mayo has become more of an American holiday than a Mexican one.

Last year, then candidate Trump celebrated Cinco de Mayo rather characteristically: through social media and with a dash of self-promotion.

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk.

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