Cinco de Mayo Parade kicks off in Detroit

Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexican culture, heritage

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DETROIT - The annual Cinco de Mayo Parade kicks off in Detroit on Sunday.

The parade starts at 12 p.m. and runs from Vernor to Woodmere than over to Scotten. The parade ends at Clark Park with a planned celebration.

Cinco de Mayo facts:

The day honors a victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862.

It is not, as many incorrectly think, Mexico's Independence Day, which is celebrated on Sept. 16th.

Cinco de Mayo is regional holiday celebrated mostly in the Mexican capital city of Puebla.

Elsewhere in Mexico, the day is seen as a minor holiday, but here in the United States the day has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage.

More: Cinco de Mayo recipes to help you celebrate.

More: Cinco de Mayo drinks to get the party started.

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