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Event: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Milwaukee

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Díaz at Puebla – This painting shows one of the critical moments of the Cinco de Mayo battle.

May 5th is Cinco de Mayo. Take time to celebrate it here in Milwaukee.

The holiday commemorates an initial victory of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

However, this Mexican victory at Puebla only delayed the French invasion of Mexico City; a year later, the French occupied Mexico. The French occupying forces placed Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico on the throne of Mexico. The French were eventually defeated and expelled in 1867. Maximilian was executed by President Benito Juarez, five years after the Battle of Puebla.

The holiday of Cinco de Mayo is primarily a regional holiday in Mexico, celebrated in the state of Puebla. There is some limited recognition of the holiday in other parts of the country.[7] For the most part the celebrations combine food, music and dancing.

Here are some events to check out for Cinco de Mayo.

The Milwaukee Art Museum is celebrating Cinco de Mayo for their First Friday's on May 4th from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by dancing to live Latin rhythms of Punto de Vista. Make Mexican paper flowers and tissue paper cut-outs at the creation station, and enjoy complimentary appetizers and a cerveza or margarita at the cash bar. There is also a special showing of selected prints by Mexican artists.

UMOS Cinco de Mayo Springfest is a annual celebration featuring two stages of Mexican music and other entertainment. It will be at the Wisconsin State Fair Park on Friday from 5-9pm and then on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 9pm. The festival is free.

Then also check out La Casa de Esperanza's 7th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration on May 5th. The event features two performances (morning and noon), and takes place in La Casa's Col. Agustin A. and Gloria A. Ramirez Multipurpose Room at 410 Arcadian Avenue. Teachers are encouraged to bring students to this joyous cultural celebration. Special cost: $5/student.

Then on May 5th celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Texture from 5pm-2am. Texture is opening at 4pm and the whole block will be celebrating! Join DJ Willie, Devast8, Kenny Perez and DJ Los for a whole afternoon of Salsa, House, Bachata, Regaeton, Top 40, 80's Dance and whatever else the night brings! Texture is located at 606 S. 5th Street in Milwaukee.