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Cinco de mayo

We are celebrating our 6th birthday this year around cinco de mayo! With Phil spending some time travelling around South America and Sio studying Spanish and Latin American Studies as her undergrad, we are big fans of celebrating anything Latin influenced.

What is cinco de mayo?

Not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day or Day of the dead!

Cinco de Mayo is a yearly celebration held on May 5 to celebrate Mexico's victory over the Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza.

On the morning of May 5, 1862, 6,000 French troops stormed the Mexican city of Heróica Puebla de Zaragoza to bring it under French rule. The Mexican soldiers were outnumbered, but they fiercely fought back. By early evening, the French had retreated.

Although mostly now celebrated in the US, the 5th of May is used to celebrate and honour Mexican culture.

There are parades with big colourfully dressed dancers, mariachi, and millions of avocados are eaten in traditional foods such as guacamole. Washington, D.C., even holds the Running of the Chihuahuas, where the breed race each other for fun.

We are doing our best to honour these celebrations at the bar with a dj playing incredible Latin beats, staff dressed in colourful costumes, mezcal in abundance and plenty of guacamole going around. Although we won’t be doing any chihuahua races, dogs are welcome as always and are invited to join in the costume fun!

So come and celebrate with us this cinco de mayo or as Sio calls it - cinco de sio 🇲🇽🌮🪇

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