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Cinco De Mayo 2022 is upon us and there are many ways San Angeloans can celebrate this rich cultural holiday.  First of all what is Cinco De Mayo.  Many think it is Mexican Independence Day, but that is wrong.  Cinco de Mayo celebrates the date of the Mexican Army's victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War on May, 5, 1862.

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It wasn't even that big of a battle, but this victory represented a great symbolic victory for the Mexican government and bolstered the resistance movement.  In 1867, thanks in part to military support from the United States, after the Civil War, France finally withdrew.

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Over the years, the holiday has become a celebration of Mexican American culture.  People have margaritas and guacamole to celebrate and there are lots of amazing Mexican dishes.

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Here in San Angelo, there are numerous celebrations.  Discover San Angelo has turned the holiday into a four-day festival.  There is a Mariachi concert and Bill Aylor on the River Stage on Cinco De Mayo. Pulgaso 5 de Mayo at the Farmer's Market pavilion at 609 Oakes Street. With festival events taking place May 6th and 7th on El Paseo de Santa Angela.

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A number of restaurants are also celebrating with specials and events.

Reynas Tacos 225 S. Abe St. San Angelo has a whole celebration planned. This all day event starts at noon and will be going strong until 10pm. There's a lot to enjoy and do during this all day party.

The Angry Cactus 1 W Concho Ave. San Angelo is having an all day fiesta.  The Angry Cactus Cinco de Mayo celebrations are already legendary and with the effects of Covid the last few years, there will be a lot of pent up energy let out this year.

 

The Lone Wolf Pub 115 Paintrock Rd. San Angelo has a big Cinco De Mayo throwdown plannet. There 's live music and great specials.

Whatever you do, celebrate Cinco De Mayo safely. If you're trying out your own new guacamole recipe remember these tips when opening an avocado.

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1) Use a knife suitable for cutting an avocado.  Make sure the knife is maneuverable, yet large enough to easily control.  A medium sized chef knife or Asian Santoku knife with scalloped edges work best.

2) Keep the avocado on the cutting board while cutting.  There is no reason to pick i up and cut yourself in the process.

3) Never Ever "wack" the seed with a knife or poke at it with the tip of the knife while holding the avocado in your hand.

4) Remove the seed using a spoon.

Most Important:  Don't start drinking Margaritas or Dos Equis until AFTER you've sliced open your avocado.

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