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The Craziest Ways Cinco de Mayo is Celebrated Around the World

BY THE UPICNIC TEAM
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5/3/2016

Rejoice New Yorkers, for yet another booze-filled holiday is coming your way. For what is Cinco de Mayo if not a chance to dust off your Tequila drinking skills?

Americans eat about 81 million pounds of avocados for Cinco de Mayo every year - and I am personally responsible for consuming about half of that. In theory, however, Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.  

So how did it become synonym with guacamole specials and 2-for-1 Margaritas? Cinco de Mayo was recognized as a national holiday by congress in 2005, but has since grown and evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage.

And while you may think going to the Chipotle down the block is a perfectly good enough way to celebrate, the rest of the world genuinely disagrees - and goes absolutely bonkers.

Check out the craziest ways Cinco de Mayo is celebrated around the world:

In Vancouver, Canada people go skydiving and then compete in a moustache competition and Mexican feast.  

In the Cayman Islands, Caribbean every year people come together to see who’s the best air guitarist and scout for the next potential Jimi Hendrix.

In Puebla, Mexico participants dress up as French and Mexican soldiers and play out the battle with the Mexicans being victorious. Rifles and cannon roar, there is much smoke and shouting, and at nightfall, the Mexican and French generals meet face-to-face for an actual sword battle.

In Chandler, AZ Cinco de Mayo chihuahua races are the real deal, featuring a fun-filled competition with cash prizes for the speediest member of the popular Mexican dog breed and the crowning of a King and Queen Chihuahua.

With all this Cinco de Mayo awesomeness happening everywhere, part of me is genuinely surprised no one in NYC has erected a giant taco statue in Times Square… yet.

As always, we will be picnicking and relaxing with a picnic in Central Park - we won’t be having tacos or tequila, but sombreros and tres leches are going to be on the menu for sure!

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