A weekend of festivities awaits as Cinco de Mayo is celebrated across the Northern San Joaquin Valley.
The holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. While some confuse the event with Mexican Independence Day, which is Sept. 16, the day has grown into a mainstream celebration of Mexican culture throughout the United States. Locally, the day will be marked with parades, music, festivals and other entertainment. A look at some of what is planned: