It's About More Than Margaritas: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at WGBH

May 2, 2016

Enjoy Mexican bites, cold beverages, and authentic music, while a professor gives us the real scoop on the Pueblan holiday that's caught fire in the U.S. 

Catherine Smart
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I'll be the first to admit it: I don't know much about Cinco de Mayo. I just recently learned (from the speakers of this upcoming event) that it's a celebration of the anniversary of when a small band of Mexican soldiers defeated a much larger French invading force backed by Napoleon.

I'm a little embarassed to confess that for most of my twenties, the holiday was simply an excuse to down margaritas and eat chile rellenos at my favorite mexican joint. 

But that's all about to change! WGBH invites you to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us. I'll be emceeing a conversation with professor Susan M. Gauss about the origins of the Pueblan holiday. We'll explore why it's become so popular this side of the border, and don't worry, there will be Mexican snacks, music, and drinks, of course. 

Gauss — a historian of modern Mexico, who focuses on urbanization and development — traces the history of Mexican beer from the late nineteenth century to the present. She provided us with this fun fact: More beer is sold in the U.S. on Cinco de Mayo than on Super Bowl Sunday, or even, — wait for it, Boston — St. Patrick's Day! 

Make mine a michelada!

Hope to see you this Thursday, May 5th, when we'll learn more, and get a taste of what this holiday is all about. You can purchase tickets to the event here.

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