Celebrating the Real Cinco de Mayo

It's not Mexican Independence Day, but 5 de Mayo does hold a special place in Mexican history, the Battle of Puebla.

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    May 5, 2001: Mexicans celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a reenactment of the 1862 battle between the French and the Zacapuaxtlas Indians  in Puebla, Mexico. Mexicans celebrate their victory over France with reenactements and parades around the country.
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    May 5, 2010: Mexican President Felipe Calderón during anniversary celebrations in Puebla, Mexico. 
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    PUEBLA, MEXICO - MARCH 12: Residents of the small towns around the Popocateptl volcano climb close to the crater to celebrate the birthday of "Don Goyo" or the day of Saint Gregory March 12, 2003 in Puebla, Mexico. The Popocateptl volcano is affectionately known as Don Goyo, short for Gregory in Spanish, and the villagers believe that by placing offerings on this day they will keep the "smoking mountain" happy. (Photo by Susana Gonzalez/Getty Images)
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    The Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Remedios, a Catholic church built on top of the ancient pyramid at Cholula, a Mesoamerican site in the Mexican state of Puebla, circa 1900. The pyramid dates back to the 3rd century BCE, and is sacred to the god Quetzalcoatl. The church was begun in the 16th century. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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    The Great Pyramid of Cholula, a Mesoamerican site in the Mexican state of Puebla, circa 1530. It dates back to the 3rd century BCE and is the world's largest pyramid. Drawn by H. Adlard and engraved on steel, published in 1825. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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    May 5, 2001: A mock French Army fires small cannons during a reenactment of the 1862 battle between the French and the Zacapuaxtlas Indians as Mexicans celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Puebla, Mexico. Mexicans celebrate their victory over France with reenactements and parades around the country. (Photo by Susana Gonzalez/Newsmakers)
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    May 5, 2001: Mexicans celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a reenactment of the 1862 battle between the French and the Zacapuaxtlas Indians  in Puebla, Mexico. Mexicans celebrate their victory over France with reenactements and parades around the country. (Photo by Susana Gonzalez/Newsmakers)
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    The Mexican volcano Popocatepetl stands quiet December 21,2000 after two days of intense activity, as seen from Puebla, Mexico. (Photo by Susana Gonzalez)
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    May 5, 2001: A cannon is painted for the day as Mexicans celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a reenactment of the 1862 battle between the French and the Zacapuaxtlas Indians in Puebla, Mexico. Mexicans celebrate their victory over France with reenactements and parades around the country. (Photo by Susana Gonzalez/Newsmakers)
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