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Las Vegas celebrates Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco De Mayo is a holiday celebrating Mexican history and pride, and it's become a major holiday in Las Vegas.

Many people falsely believe Cinco De Mayo to be the Mexican Independence Day, which is actually Sept. 16. The holiday actually commemorates the 1862 Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. The victory was a big step toward Mexican independence, according to Lindo Michoacan restaurant owner Javier Barajas.

Barajas says the holiday is one of the best business days of the year for his restaurant, with sales 25 percent higher than sales on a normal day. "I don't know if it's the most busy day but definitely the day we sell more margaritas and Mexican beer, for sure," he said.

Music is a big part of the equation, too. At The Boulevard Mall, singers and dancers performed to traditional songs in celebration of the holiday.

Many of the people celebrating said the most important part of the holiday is having fun with friends and family. "It is meaningful to us. We lost the war, but we won this victory right,?" said Leticia Ribera.

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