President Trump breaks from predecessors, doesn't host Cinco de Mayo celebration


President Trump has decided not to host a Cinco De Mayo celebration in the White House for this year, going against a tradition initiated by former president George W. Bush 16 years back. Refreshments were also provided.

A year ago, a Republican candidate vying for the party's nomination to be president celebrated Cinco de Mayo - the Mexican Army's victory over France in an 1862 battle - by promoting the only good dish available from the awful Trump Grill located in an office building he owned. Is it celebrated in Mexico at all or is it just a USA holiday?

The commercialization of Cinco de Mayo by alcohol companies began in the 1980s.

A few highlights of the event can be seen in the video below. "It gives people a way to celebrate and incorporate some running." says Katie Davis.

Some even celebrate with Chihuahua races: One U.S. city celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a Chihuahua race. The victory occurred at the Battle of Puebla between 6,000 French troops and small, under-supplied Mexican force of 2,000 men.

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The day is often referred to as Mexico's Independence Day, but that holiday actually falls in September.

Americans consume up to 81 million pounds of avocados on Cinco de Mayo every year.

Some of the largest celebrations in the USA are held in Los Angeles and in towns throughout the west. Mr Trump has favoured anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric, including a promise to deport all undocumented immigrants in the country and build a wall on the border with Mexico to keep people out.

Latino activists raised awareness for the holiday in the 1960s.

Last year Mr Trump tweeted out a photo of him eating a taco bowl (which is not a traditional Mexican dish) on Cinco de Mayo with the statement "I love Hispanics".