Viva La Raza onÂ Cinco de Mayo
By Michelle Carr-Crowe, Top 5% San Jose real estate agent
The weekend before May 5th, they appear. Giant Mexican flags proudly displayed from trucks, low-riders and motorcycles, as well as homes throughout much of Santa Clara County. When two flag-bearing vehicles bypass one another, expect to hear loud cries of "Viva la raza!"
Viva la RazaÂ is a cultural statement of Hispanic pride, interpreted as long live the Mexican people.
If you're unfamiliar with Cinco de Mayo (literally Fifth of May), the story follows.
On May 5, 1862, the Mexican army defeated the French army at the Battle of Puebla.Â This defeat is considered the turning point for Mexico and Central America, as it demonstrated the shifting of the power balance in favor of Mexico over a (presumably more powerful)Â European Colonial country.
Sometimes people mistakenly confuse Cinco de Mayo with Mexican Independence Day. However, Mexican Independence Day is actually September 16.
Cinco de Mayo isÂ a day that Mexican and Hispanic people celebrate their culture. They share it with song, dance, food and celebrations.
Sadly, San Jose, Calif.Â canceled the annual Cinco de Mayo parade due to disputes over police costs, celebrations will still occur through Santa Clara County. (During theÂ past several years, downtown San Jose merchants suffered property damage due to some overexhuberant revelers.)
As reported in the San Jose Mercury News, vice commander Antonio Chavez said "the economy and city demands for costly police protection and other services has made the event a money loser." BecauseÂ of the change, there will be moreÂ informal celebrating in homes, parks and local restaurants.
Still, the flags are out and waving and lots of people are shopping and planning for their celebratory meals.
Viva la Raza!
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