This Thursday will be May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, the day that commemorates the Mexican army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, and the end of French rule in Mexico in 1867.

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated primarily in the Mexican state of Puebla and in the United States, where it's a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

In this country, millions of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans will celebrate the day with parades and fiestas.

Lufkin's Cinco de Mayo festival will be held Saturday at Kiwanis Park, with live music, boxing, children games and rides, a dunking booth, Mexican arts and crafts, Mexican food, the crowning of Miss Cinco de Mayo, and much more.

A pinata, filled with cash donations from the public, will be donated to Jesus Alvarez, a 13-year-old boy battling leukemia and this year’s Cinco de Mayo poster child.  Other proceeds will go to scholarships and other organizations around the community.

via Cinco de Mayo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Cinco de Mayo is not to be confused with Mexico's Independence Day, September 16th, the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico.