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Throwback Thursday | Cinco De Mayo

Happy Throwback Thursday! Where you come from, where you call home is a part of who you are. Welcome to the “Live Like a Local” blog series that explores our roots and hometown in South Orange County.

We welcome you to explore with us as we take in the vibrant culture, beautiful histories and exquisite homes created in our own backyard. Whether it be San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, or a surrounding coastal community, it is always a great day for Throwback Thursday in Orange County!

Especially when we love the place we call home…

Cinco de Mayo History

Ever wonder what Cinco De Mayo celebrates? Like most, you may have confused it as Mexico’s Independence Day, and/or enjoy celebrating through copious amounts of margaritas and tacos, but in actuality the day represents Mexico’s victory over the French army at Puebla in 1862.

The Battle of Puebla was a result from various hardships Mexico had faced after gaining its independence from Spain in 1821. As its own country, Mexico struggled with political instability and economic problems forcing Mexico to borrow money from foreign nations as a means of survival. Mexico had heavy debts owed to Spain, Great Britain, and France. Thus, France took Mexico’s inability to make sufficient and prompt repayments as an opportunity to seek expansion within Mexico. What would have seemed like an easy victory for France, with a well-trained army of 8,000 against Mexico’s 4,000 men, resulted in an unlikely victory for Mexico. Although France was able to eventually capture Mexico City and establish a ruling, the Battle of Puebla caused a great boost of morale for Mexico and formed a sense of unity in the nation, arguably helping the country to eventually expel the French from Mexico.

Although the holiday is predominantly based in Puebla, Mexico, this year marks the 29th Year anniversary that San Clemente has held its Cinco de Mayo Fiesta- an event to celebrate the diverse culture and traditions of Mexico. Let’s take a look…

Cinco de Mayo at Max Berg Plaza – San Clemente
Max Berg Plaza Park
1100 Calle Puente
San Clemente, CA 92672
949.361.8264
Date: May 4, 2019 from 2pm to 6pm

The city of San Clemente will be holding their annual Cinco de Mayo festival on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Now in its 29th year, this event features Mariachi bands, salsa dancers and lots of Mexican cuisine. San Clemente also has plenty of activities for children, including face painting and game booths. It’s the perfect celebration for Cinco De Mayo.

Fiesta de Mayo at the San Clemente Outlets
101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa
San Clemente, CA 92672
Date: May 4, 2019 from 1pm to 3pm

Join us for our fourth annual afternoon fiesta featuring Mariachis, Ballet Folklórico and delicious tacos. Young performers between the ages of eight and 18 from Ballet Folklórico de San Juan Capistrano will perform a variety of traditional dances. San Juan Capistrano-based Mariachi Nuevo Capistrano, winner of the 2016 and 2017 Battle of the Mariachis at Mission San Juan Capistrano, will also participate in the Fiesta de Mayo performances.

Mission San Juan Capistrano Battle Of The Mariachis
Mission San Juan Capistrano
26801 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Date: May 18, 2019 from 9:30am to 4pm

The 15th Annual Battle of Mariachis Festival takes place on Saturday, May 18 from 9:30am to 4 pm. Come over to the Mission San Juan Capistrano courtyard and witness some of the best musicians competing for the top honors. This exciting day featured live music performances by mariachi groups from across Southern California and beyond as they competed on stage for cash prizes before a panel of distinguished judges. Festival highlights also included: ringing of the historic Mission bells, a special performance of the National Anthem and gourmet Mexican food vendors.

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