Cinco what?

Believe it or not, Cinco de Mayo is a bigger holiday in the U-S than it is in Mexico.

Cinco de Mayo has nothing to do with Mexico's Independence Day --which is actually September 16. May fifth actually marks the victory of Mexican forces over the French at the Battle of the Puebla, back in 1862, while we were messing around in the Civil War.
But even though the Mexicans gave a beat-down to the French, the Frenchies were on the way to Mexico City and eventually conquered it, putting Emperor Maximillian on the throne in 1863. The Mexicans then turned around and although it took them several years, defeated the French and kicked them out of Mexico, executing Maximillian in 1867.

According to Time magazine, Cinco de Mayo is the 4th drunkest holiday in America. The first three are St. Patrick’s Day.

   --Cinco de Mayo is the day we celebrate the Mexican army’s victory over the French. Back then, the French army was huge. These days, it’s a couple of mimes and a baguette.

   --Seriously though, it celebrates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French. Not to rain on anyone’s parade, but is any victory over the French unlikely?

Other Cinco de Mayo facts:
   --The world's largest Cinco celebration takes place in Los Angeles. This year's Festival de Fiesta Broadway is expected to draw around a half-million people. Cities like New York City, Denver and Houston also throw large parties in honor of the day.
   --Chandler, Arizona, celebrates the day with Chihuahua races and even crowning two of the dogs king and queen.
   --Americans consume up to 81 million avocados on Cinco de Mayo, using it for guacamole, according to the California Avocado Commission.
   --Americans spend about $2.9 billion annually on margaritas, which account for about 14 percent of the country’s cocktail sales. According to Smithsonian magazine, more than one person has claimed they invented the margaritaCARLOS "Danny" HERRERA reportedly developed the drink for an actress at his Tijuana-area restaurant in 1938.
   --33.6 million U.S. residents come from Mexican heritage, according to the United States Census Bureau.
   --The colors of Mexico’s flag are green, white and red: green for hope and independence, white for purity and religion and red for Spain and union.

So why the big hubbub over Cinco de Mayo? In the 1980s, Mexican beer distributors, looking for a way to publicize their brews, decided to make the holiday an event and were joined by Latino groups in the U-S who were also eager to have a holiday of "their own" like St Patrick's Day for the Irish. USA Today says that drive helped make Corona the #1 imported beer, with the holiday responsible for up to 200 million bottles of Corona alone (and that's just my brother-in-law)!

   Nowadays the holiday has evolved into a celebration of Mexican food and culture in many cities. And now you know the whole story, so nachos grande for everybody!
You know what they call Cinco de Mayo in Arizona? Friday.
   --I plan to celebrate the way I do every year: by pressing “Español” on the ATM machine.
   --For Cinco de Mayo, New York City is filling all of its potholes with salsa and guacamole.

2017 Cinco de Mayo deals: 
Note: obviously, some of these restaurants may not be in your area. check your local restaurant before heading out... some locations will vary.
   --Bahama Breeze is offering $5 Margaritas through May 5th.
   --Baja Fresh: Get a free taco when you join Club Baja, the brand's rewards program.
   --Cheeseburger in Paradise: $5.55 street tacos along with $3.75 Coronas, $1.99 margaritas, and $5.55 Coronitas.

   --Chevy's Fresh Mex: Sign up for their Compadres Club and get a free appetizer with two adult entrees. Plus, most locations have daily happy hour deals that will score you $4, $5, or $6 margaritas and mojitos.
   --Chili's: You can get a draft beer, Tito’s Vodkarita, or Presidente Margarita with a souvenir cup for $5.   --Del Taco: Join their Raving Fan eClub and get two free grilled chicken tacos.
   --Don Pablo's: Join the Habaneros Rewards Club and get a free dip sampler; enjoy Don Pablos $5 menu all month with items such as nachos, dips and beer.

   --El Pollo Loco: Choose from five different deals starting at $5 from May 5-7.
   --El Torito: Register for the e-Club and get a free app with the purchase of two adult entrees. 
   --Green Burrito: Owned by Carl's Jr., this Tex-Mex chain is slinging buy one, get one free quesadillas with a printable coupon HERE.

   --Mad Mex: Enjoy breakfast burritos, "eggchiladas" and cornbread starting at 9 a.m. as part of the Mad Mex Cinco de Mayo party. All day drink specials include 22-ounce Dos Equis drafts and $1 off all Mexican bottles and cans.
   --Margarita's Mexican Restaurant: Chow down on $5 all-you-can-eat nachos and $5 house margaritas before 4 pm.

   --Moe's Southwest Grill: Participating locations will be selling burritos for $5 and giving away free "Cinco de Moe's" t-shirts to the first guests, while supplies last.
   --On The Border: 14-ounce Cinco Cup House Margaritas are just $5! Commemorative t-shirts are available for $10 at some locations.
   --Rubio's: Sign up for their Beach Club and you'll get a free taco instantly.

   --Taco Bell: is opening the doors of its top-secret test kitchen with reservations on May 5.
   --Taco Bueno: will have Party Tacos for half price --59 cents-- all day.
   --Taco Cabana: $1.50 margaritas and $3 small nacho and margarita combos from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. during their Cinco de Mayo happy hour. Also, one free breakfast taco for those who dine-in during their breakfast hours on Sat, May 06.
   --Taco John's: Get a free meat and potato burrito when you sign up for the chain's email updates.
   --TacoTime: 69-cent Crisp Tacos all day long.

Cinco de Mayo Current Events Quiz: 
What do you know about Mexican culture? Not a lot, I'll wager. So with that in mind, how about a quick quiz (and remember, the answer is always "C," as in "Si señor!" Well, almost, but hey, have a party, will ya?)

A popular Mexican Tequila is:
a) Jose Cuervo
c) Jose Can You See

A popular Mexican dessert is:
a) A Charo
b) A Churro

A popular Mexican dish is:
a) A Tostada
b) A Pomplanada

A siesta is a:
a) Short nap
b) Jai Alai glove
c) The opposite of brother

What's 800 miles long and 100 miles wide?
a) The Baja Peninsula
b) KEVIN JAMES' beltline
c) A porn star's secret weapon, if y'get my drift

What is the US' biggest Mexican import?
a) Petroleum and natural gas
b) Fruits and vegetables
c) Illegal immigrants