Photo: Celebrating Cinco de Mayo
Mexican fast food chain Chipotle is adding their own celebratory touch to Cinco de Mayo by offering their customers hand-made margaritas. Starting on April 29th at some 900 Chipotle’s margaritas mixed with either Patron or Sauza tequila will be sold.
Chipotle is one of many restaurant chains, retailers, mom-and-pop stores and others with special offerings to celebrate a blip in Mexico’s history that is relatively ignored there. It is rare to find discounted burritos, special tequila drinks or over-sized piñatas in Mexico honoring their moment of glory over French troops 151 years ago.
People need to travel to Puebla, Mexico on May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) to find a large-scale celebration of “La Batalla de Puebla” to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over invading French troops in 1862 under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.
Mexico’s moment of glory passed quickly and France overtook Mexico and installed a foreigner, Emperor Maximilian I, as ruler of Mexico. A dark time in Mexico’s history not typically celebrated with Patron Margaritas or .99cent burritos.