Reliving the Battle of Cinco De Mayo

Photo by: AP
The boy soldier
A boy from the Peñón de los baños neighborhood waits his turn to participate in the Battle of Puebla reenactment. As part of the "poblanos" army, he wears a big straw ... more 
Photo by: AP
The boy soldier
A boy from the Peñón de los baños neighborhood waits his turn to participate in the Battle of Puebla reenactment. As part of the "poblanos" army, he wears a big straw hat with a large red flower, matching bandana, prop rifle and black face paint to distinguish him from the fair-skinned French soldiers. less 
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Mon, Apr 23, 2012 1:32 PM EDT
You may be used to celebrating "Cinco de Mayo" in a Mexican restaurant surrounded by inflatable corona bottles and chile string lights, but its done a bit differently across the border. In Mexico, the event marks the defeat of the invading, heavily-outfitted French army by the people of Puebla; it was an underdog victory and today the Battle of Puebla gets reenacted every year in the streets of Mexico City, as well as remembered across U.S. cities.