My 2 cents: Some facts about Cinco de Mayo

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The victory provided a significant morale boost to the Mexican people and came to serve as a symbol of the country's spirit and perseverance. Saturday is Cinco de Mayo and Sunday the Sharks play at The SAP Center in game 6 of round 2 of the playoffs.

California Highway Patrol officers will be doing their normal patrols this weekend, as Cinco de Mayo is not covered under the CHP's maximum enforcement patrols, according to Officer Siara Lund of the CHP's media relations office.

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"The reason it became more popular (in the US during that time) was in part because of the Good Neighbor policy", Jose Alamillo, a professor of ethnic studies at Washington State University in Pullman, told National Geographic, referring to the USA government's effort to reach out to neighboring countries. Cinco de Mayo freebies and dealsFor Sharks fans who couldn't make it to game 5 in Las Vegas, there was a viewing party at San Pedro Square Market.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the day in 1862 when the undermanned and ill-equipped Mexican army, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza, conquered the French forces of Napoleon III at the Battle of Puebla.

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A year before that, as a presidential candidate, Trump marked the annual celebration by proclaiming his love for Hispanics and taking a photo of himself eating a taco bowl in his office at Trump Tower. Whether people know that history or not (you should, it's fascinating), here in the United States the holiday is widely seen as a welcome chance to savor Mexican cuisine paired with tequila, mezcal, and Mexican beers. It is a rather minor holiday and observed mostly in the state of Puebla.

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