Cinco de Mayo: While some Americans mistakenly assume that the holiday is Mexico’s Independence Day, it actually celebrates the May 5, 1862, victory of the Mexican Army over the French, near the Mexican city of Puebla.
Today, the holiday is a celebration of Mexican culture and a good time to relax with good food, good friends and–for those of age–good drink.
Last weekend, Education Based Latino Outreach–a Fell’s Point organization that offers English classes, computer classes, after-school programs and more to Latinos and other non-English speakers alike–held an annual Cinco de Mayo celebration lon S. Broadway, between Fleet St. and Eastern Ave.
Miguel Vicente, executive director of EBLO, said that the festival is meant to bring the communities of Fell’s Point and Upper Fell’s Point–which has a large Latino population–together.
“We saw a very diverse crowd, and that’s what we were trying to accomplish,” Vicente said, adding that between 2,500 and 3,000 tickets were sold.
Vicente gave credit to Nicolas Ramos, owner of Upper Fell’s Point’s Arcos Restaurante, for launching the public Cinco de Mayo celebration about a year ago.
by Erik Zygmont