Happy Cinco de Mayo. It's the "5th of May" the day when Mexico defeated the French army in 1862 at The Battle of Puebla. It's a national holiday in Mexico.  I'm going to celebrate at Moe's, 1257 Upper Front  Street, Binghamton from 12-2.  Here are things to know about Cinco de Mayo.

5) Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexico's Independence Day. That would be September 16th. However try to explain that to your 9 year old daughter.

4) Cinco de Mayo is one of more than 365 festivals celebrated by people of Mexican descent.  You gotta love that, a festival for every day of the year.

3) Cinco de Mayo is a celebrations of underdogs. The victory at Puebla was big for Mexico because the Mexican Army went into the battle as underdogs and was vastly outnumbered. They had no training and no equipment.  The French had defeated them at every turn, yet they prevailed.

2) Cinco de Mayo IS NOT really a big deal in Mexico. In the U.S., we make a big fuss but it's not the biggest holiday in Mexico. That's the Mexican Independence Day. Mexicans celebrate today with family get-togethers, fireworks, dancing and lots of good food.

1) Cinco de Mayo IS a holiday for everyone to celebrate (especially at Moes today from 12-2.)  The holiday was made popular here in the 60's and 70's by Chicano activists.  Many places in the U.S. have festivals, fiestas, food and music. Any day that I can have Mexican and call it a celebration is good enough for me.