BEST SIGN OF SPRING - 2002
Cinco de Mayo
In 1862 a small Mexican army defeated their considerably better-equipped French occupiers at the Batalla de Puebla. Even though the Gallic adversaries went on to win the war, Mexicans have always revered their ancestors who, at least temporarily, bested a giant. The holiday is not so much a remembrance of war but rather a celebration of tenacity, something any Minnesotan who's survived a seemingly endless winter can identify with. The spectacular Cinco de Mayo Fiesta marks this historic battle, and the party on St. Paul's west side is the state's largest, attracting some 75,000 revelers. Authentic food, a crafts bazaar, carnival rides, and the traditional parade fill Concord Street and surrounding areas. Salsa tasting contests, the Calle Cinco dance, music performances, and a low-rider show are just a few of the attractions bound to lift your spirits. Bright colors, cheerful music, laughing kids--for one exuberant weekend the tentative May sunshine seems just a little brighter, signaling the headiness of summer and more street festivals to come. This year's fiesta will take place May 3 and 4.