While not the official Independence day of Mexico (its rarely celebrated outside of Puebla) this has become a US celebration of Mexican heritage that is celebrated coast to coast. The actual holiday commemorates defeating the French in the City of Puebla in 1862, despite being outnumbered about 2 to 1 in the fight. The victory of Napoleon's French troops was even more improbable as it was their first military defeat in about a half a century.
Our visit to Puebla this year included an underground tour of the secret city tunnels that played an integral part in the Battle of Puebla.
These tunnels were so well built, that despite being an urban legend in the city, they were "rediscovered" in 2015 and have since opened to the public for tours. Some clues to how they were used are left in the size and items found down below. The tunnels are large enough for a man to ride horseback from the fort to the outside of the city. Also, along the trail you can see military carts, supplies and antique weapons which are safely displayed now behind glass.
These days the US Mexican Americans celebrate their culture on Cinco de Mayo
The bright colors and excellent food and drink make this holiday a jubilant for all who partake.
Lucha Libre is a new addition to the cellibration this year.
A free tag-team wrestling match was a fantastic addition to the celebration in Saint Paul this year. I have a feeling that in the coming years they are going to have to expand the viewing area to accomidate its popularity.
We salute our southern neighbors!
Next year make sure to check out this fantastic festival, just minutes from downtown Saint Paul!