Cinco de Mayo en Los Angeles 2007

It's not the Mexican Day of independence! That's on September 16.

Cinco De Mayo commemorates the defeat of French troops at the Battle of Puebla. This happened in 1862 while Americans were busy with the Civil War. What were the French doing in Mexico? Napoleon III wanted to conquer the country.

So you had the better-equipped French army defeated by the much smaller Mexican army. The victory was unexpected, and that's why it's celebrated. It's a big thing in the state of Puebla and even more so here en los Estados Unidos. The rest of Mexico's like, huh?

There are annual celebrations at the Plaza del Pueblo de Los Angeles near Olvera Street. I dropped by this morning when there weren't many people yet. The place will be jumping after dark. Stuff happening until 10 pm. The LAPD's already fully represented there — sans riot gear and rubber bullets, thank god.

I really should learn how to edit videos. I was able to shoot complete musical performances, but they exceeded the allowable 100 MB on most video-sharing sites.

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Street Sense won the Kentucky Derby, and Queen Elizabeth II has fulfilled her lifelong dream of attending the derby. Yawn...

  • the first Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner to return in the spring and win on the first Saturday in May
  • the first 2-year-old champion to win the Derby since Spectacular Bid in 1979