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Pedro Rodriquez shows his colors at the Cinco de Mayo festival in Denver on Saturday, May 3, 2008 which is one of the largest in the U.S. drawing near 500,000 people for the two day event. (AP Photo/Peter M. Fredin) Pedro Rodriquez shows his colors at the Cinco de Mayo festival in Denver on Saturday, May 3, 2008 which is one of the largest in the U.S. drawing near 500,000 people for the two day event. (AP Photo/Peter M. Fredin)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Cinco de Mayo, or Fifth of May, is the day when people in Mexico and the United States celebrate Mexico's victory over France in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

But what started as a minor holiday south of the border, has turned into a day to party in both countries.

The holiday has evolved into a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride complete with parades, festivals and bars/restaurants inviting people in to indulge.
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