Do You Really Know Why We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

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DALLAS - Feliz Cinco de Mayo! There was some pre-gaming going down at Mattito’s on Oak Lawn.

“You like our boots? We wore these in honor of Cinco de Mayo,” Joshua Joseph said.

And a whole lot of folks are quenching their thirst with the Mighty Margarita! But it’s more than just the club going up on a Tuesday. How much do you really know about Cinco de mayo?!

“I was not a history major, but I love the culture,” Ronnie Hopkins said.

“It’s on May 5th, and it’s a great day to enjoy with the co-workers,” another Mattito’s goer said.

Alright, we’re getting warm.

“Well, I know it’s a recognition of an anniversary of a battle where the Mexican army defeated the French army,” one patron said.

Ding! Ding! Ding!

“The President of Mexico owed a debt to the three European countries. Napoleon’s Army forces did not want to negotiate that debt. As a result, there was a war. May the 5th, Cinco de Mayo,  1862. The Mexican forces led by general Ignacio Zaragoza defeated the French forces, so that was a big forces in the history of Mexican Military forces.”

NewsFix caught up with Albert Valtierra, the Dallas Mexican American Historical League President, at Historical Pike’s Park located in what used to be "Little Mexico."

And he says the May 5th party wasn’t always in the pub.

“This park used to be filled with as many as 25,000 people.  As you can see today, nothing happens here anymore. The City of Dallas closed the park in 2010.”

Now, they’re trying to bring it back to life.  In the meantime, Viva Mexico!