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Mexico Brings History to Life in Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

IN PICTURES: History comes alive in the streets of Mexico City as part of the annual Cinco de Mayo celebrations paying homage to the battle of Puebla.
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May 5, or el cinco de mayo, marks the day Mexico triumphed over France in an epic battle which took place in the city of Puebla in 1862.
May 5, or el cinco de mayo, marks the day Mexico triumphed over France in an epic battle which took place in the city of Puebla in 1862. Photo:Reuters
A Mexican wearing period costume takes part in a re-enactment of the Battle of Puebla, along the streets in the Penon de los Banos neighbourhood of Mexico City.
A Mexican wearing period costume takes part in a re-enactment of the Battle of Puebla, along the streets in the Penon de los Banos neighbourhood of Mexico City. Photo:Reuters
Just 85 miles from Mexico City, people re-enact the battle against Napoleon
Just 85 miles from Mexico City, people re-enact the battle against Napoleon's men which marked the first defeat against French forces in 50 years. Photo:Reuters
A Mexican family wearing period costume wait before taking part in a re-enactment of the battle of Puebla, along the streets in the Penon de los Banos neighbourhood of Mexico City.
A Mexican family wearing period costume wait before taking part in a re-enactment of the battle of Puebla, along the streets in the Penon de los Banos neighbourhood of Mexico City. Photo:Reuters
After Mexico refused to repay a debt owed to France, Napoleon sent a battalion of soldiers to retrieve the funds by force which culminated in their humiliating loss and cost them at least 500 men.
After Mexico refused to repay a debt owed to France, Napoleon sent a battalion of soldiers to retrieve the funds by force which culminated in their humiliating loss and cost them at least 500 men. Photo:Reuters
Despite being outnumbered and unequipped, the battle of Puebla was won within three hours and eventually the French troops were completely expelled from the country three years later.
Despite being outnumbered and unequipped, the battle of Puebla was won within three hours and eventually the French troops were completely expelled from the country three years later. Photo:Reuters
A Mexican boy wearing period costume waits before taking part in the re-enactment.
A Mexican boy wearing period costume waits before taking part in the re-enactment. Photo:Reuters
One of the most popularly celebrated festivals, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico
One of the most popularly celebrated festivals, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's independence day, contrary to common belief. Photo:Reuters
The holiday was carried over the border to the United States in the early 1900s by migrant farmers who celebrated the spring
The holiday was carried over the border to the United States in the early 1900s by migrant farmers who celebrated the spring's lemon harvests with a national holiday: Cinco de Mayo. Photo:Reuters
The tradition carried on and can be seen across the United States today. A man is seen here sporting a Cinco de Mayo themed derby hat during the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
The tradition carried on and can be seen across the United States today. A man is seen here sporting a Cinco de Mayo themed derby hat during the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Photo:Reuters
Published 5 May 2018
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