Cinco de Mayo in Rio, Festa 2011

By Candy Pilar Godoy, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This Thursday marks Cinco de Mayo (May 5th), the infectious international holiday celebrating Mexican heritage and pride. Although mainly celebrated in Mexico and the United States, the fiesta has moved even further south of the border and into the streets of the Cidade Maravilhosa.

The 5th of May is not Mexican Independence Day, as erroneously assumed by many, but rather the celebration of an unlikely victory by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín over French forces during the Battle of the Puebla in 1862. Soon after, Mexico began to . . .

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