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Myths+Tacos this Cinco de Mayo

William Neuheisel

William Neuheisel

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, we are stuffing three myths about the holiday into  crunchy shells and serving them alongside a selection of local places where you can get your hands on some damn fine Mexican food.

Myth 1: Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexican Independence.

We hate to break it to you, but Mexican Independence day is not until September.

If this was a myth that you were perpetuating, get your atonement taco at Poco Loco Tacos in Cranston— it’s called the Napalm (scary, right) and you will never forget it. Nor the fact that Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican independence day. Just reiterating.

Myth 2: Mexican’s celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Not really. The holiday is popular in Puebla,  the site of the battle between the French and the Mexicans that occurred on May 5, 1862—the REAL reason behind Cinco de Mayo. For a taste of Puebla, hit up El Rancho Grande for sabores autenticos.

Myth 3: Cinco de Mayo has nothing to do with the U.S. 

Incorrecto. Here’s a little history to go with your build -your-own taco from Tallulah’s Taqueria (we recommend the taco shell with all the fixin’s, al pastor, and washed down with some agua fresca). Here we go: Napoleon III of France was keen to have Mexico under his control because of its abundant resources. On the other side of the border, the Confederates were expanding into New Mexico and Arizona. Many Mexicans in the U.S. felt the squeeze from both sides and were compelled to fight for both Mexico and the Union. Oh, and the Mexican army was led by a Texan, General Ignacio Zaragoza. (Disclaimer: I am not a historian, so don’t base your thesis on my deductions).





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