Juárez marks 5 de Mayo with parade

Juárez city workers clean downtown sidewalks in preparation for Saturday's 5 de Mayo parade, which begins at 11 a,m, at Avenida 16 de Septiembre and Peru. (Photo courtesy city of Juárez )

Rio Grande Digital

Juárez will celebrate the Mexican holiday 5 de Mayo today with a parade beginning at 11 a.m., according to a news release from the city.

Workers have been busy cleaning the parade route, which follows Avenida 16 de Septiembre from its intersection with Peru  and will proceed west to Calle Mariscal, ending at La Plaza Benito Juárez. It will last about two hours and will include 80 to 120 different entries, the city said.

This year is the 150th anniversary of the famous Battle of Puebla, in which a seriously outnumber and outgunned Mexican militia defeated elements of the French army in 1862 near the city of Puebla.

Cinco de Mayo is not widely celebrated in Mexico, but has become a popular observance in the United States.

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