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Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

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By Ashley Tedesco, blog editor

It’s May 5, which definitely doesn’t sound nearly as exciting as Cinco de Mayo. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not, in fact, Mexican Independence day, but it is a holiday that celebrates the Mexican army’s defeat over the French in the Battle of the Puebla on May 5, 1862. Though it’s a Mexican holiday, it’s primarily celebrated in just the state of Puebla and more widely in the U.S. Because, let’s face it, Americans will take any excuse to party. It is, however, celebrated internationally as a recognition of Mexican heritage.

Want to get out and celebrate in New York City? (Responsibly, of course.) For those 21 and over, there are several celebratory pub crawls going on all over the city. For those interested in traditional (and fabulous!) Mexican cuisine, take a trip across the street to Rosa Mexicano.

If you’re looking to enjoy the holiday with friends on campus, join the Student Organization of Latinos at Fordham, who will be celebrating tomorrow at 1p.m. in room 502 of Lowenstein.

Too busy finishing final papers to celebrate tonight or tomorow? No worries–spend Sunday outside watching the Cinco de Mayo parade on Central Park West between 110th and 72nd Streets. It’s going on from noon until 3 p.m., so check it out! But bring a jacket, it’s supposed to be a little cooler than it has been in recent days.

Mexican pride is not only expressed with great food, pub crawls and parades, however. In a protest of the recent Arizona immigration debacle, the Phoenix Suns are using today as the perfect excuse to don “Los Suns” jerseys to honor the recently-jilted Latino community. And some people are just using today to celebrate their favorite people named Cinco. Whatever works.

Celebrate responsibly, Fordham, and Feliz Cinco de Mayo, all!

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