Reports say the holiday, which celebrates a Mexican victory over France in 1862, is more widely celebrated in the United States than in Mexico.
Pueblo welcomed its 48th annual Cinco de Mayo festival all while highlighting and celebrating Mexican culture. People go off into the streets and wear sombreros and fake mustaches, appropriating the Mexican culture.
For its first Cinco de Mayo in Staten Island, Gringo's Tacos in Stapleton held its own celebration. Making California, Texas and Arizona the three top states with the largest Latino populations.
"It's pretty much a day for people to get drunk, it's not perceived pretty well", said Valdez.
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The country's Independence Day is Sept. 16, now a national holiday.
Mexico was the underdog in that battle, therefore, it was a big deal when the country won. "You can talk to them, find out what you like, and that's the intimacy that they love", said Juliann Adams, Executive Director of the Palisade Chamber of Commerce.
In Mexican culture, Cinco de Mayo is not a holiday that is celebrated. This year, Corona's website featured a ticking "Countdown to Corona de Mayo" in the hours leading up to May 5.
"The theme of this Cinco de Mayo is the 'People United' and it's really an opportunity to bring different facets of the community together", said organizer, Theresa Trujillo.