Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Washington D.C.

Every year, Americans and Latin Americans celebrate the national Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo, that is, Spanish for fifth of May. One of the biggest festivals is usually held in Washington D.C., where people can watch the Maru Montero Dance Company perform at the Sylvan Stage in the National Mall.

The Maru Monteru Dance Company has prepared a special show for this year’s edition of the Cinco de Mayo festival. People who would like to see their live performances have to come to the so-called “Latin American Family Reunion” which is usually held on May the 5th in the National Mall near the Washington Monument.

Whether it is going to rain or not, the professional dancers promise to entertain their viewers with various dance numbers, such as, folk, cha-cha, mambo, salsa, tango and many other dances from Latin America. For that, they will be dressed in local costumes, so people can easily get into the spirit of the holiday.

The Maru Montero Dance Company is a non-profit organization that was founded by the former Ballet Folklórico de México lead dancer Maru Montero to promote the cultural and ethnic diversity of Mexico. Many more people expressed their wishes of becoming part of the company and thanks to them the organization is now capable of holding bigger festivals.

Most people think that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day, but they are wrong. The holiday that is usually celebrated on the fifth of May commemorates the victory that the Mexicans registered over the French forces at Puebla which took place on May 5, 1862. The Independence Day is usually celebrated several months later on September 16. Given the significance of this day, Cinco de Mayo is a very popular holiday in the United States, whereas in Mexico, it is usually celebrated in Puebla.

There will be lots of Mexican food and tequilas at the Cinco de Mayo festival in Washington, so don’t miss the event. The festival will start at noon and will last until 6 p.m.

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