Cinco de Mayo 2016

Today is Cinco de Mayo, or May 5.   This is a Mexican holiday celebrating the smaller Mexican army defeating a larger French army in the city of Puebla, Mexico in 1862.   The French, under Napoleon’s leadership, returned and defeated the Mexican army and the French ruled Mexico for several years.   This is the 29th year of Denver’s Cinco de Mayo celebration.   This  Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, 2016 the celebration will be held in Denver’s Civic Center Park.   If you go, you may see the parade Saturday morning.   Also Saturday there will be a taco eating contest, a Quinceanera Fashion Show ( girl’s 15th birthday) and chihuahua races.   Both days will feature music, delicious food, and many venders.   We hope you go to Civic Center Park this weekend to celebrate and enjoy the Cinco de Mayo festival.

Cinco de mayo in Denver

I, Zeb the Duck, went to Denver’s Cinco de mayo festival Sunday.  Mom and her friend went with me.  We listened to music from 3 different stages.  The Cinco de mayo celebration is held at Civic Center park in downtown Denver.

Some Denver streets were closed and filled with venders.

Many visitors, many venders

Many visitors, many venders

We did a lot of looking,

Like the hat

Like the hat

some shopping

Another hat and whistles

Another hat and whistles

and some eating.

Lots of food and it was good!

Lots of food and it was good!

But, let me explain a little about cinco de mayo.  On May 5, 1862, France was ruled by Napoleon II.  About 8,000 French soldiers attacked the city of Puebla, Mexico.  The Mexico soldiers were outnumbered, but the Mexican soldiers, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Sequin, defeated Napoleon’s French Army.  This French army had not suffered a significant defeat for almost 50 years.  That is why cinco de mayo is celebrated today.

However, within one year, Napoleon II sent more soldiers to Mexico and the French captured Mexico City and French Emperor Maximilian I ruled Mexico for  three years.

After eating, we watched the Chihuahua races.

Yes!  Chihuahua races

Yes! Chihuahua races. Top prize is $500.

These little dogs raced in groups of 4 and were so cute.

Ready to race

Ready to race

It was difficult to get good photos because of the crowds, but you would love seeing these little dogs run.  The racing area had glass on each side of race lanes to guide and protect the little dogs.

Racing

Racing

The race was sponsored by Jammin 101.5 radio.  The radio mascot watches the races.

Radio mascot watching races

Radio mascot watching races

Walking around the park I saw more Chihuahuas than I had seen in my whole life.

So cute

So cute

This festival was fun.

Chihuahua with hat

Chihuahua with hat

I want to go again next year and we hope you will go to a cinco de mayo festival in Denver or wherever you will be next year.  It was fun.

Colorado Traveling Ducks and the humans wish you a very happy Cinco do Mayo today and hope you had fun celebrating this weekend.

Happy cinco de mayo

Happy cinco de mayo