Chicopee's Frontera Grill celebrates Cinco de Mayo

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The day celebrates the Mexican army defeating the French army, which invaded Mexico in the mid-1800s.

In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico.

To clear the air, George Stephanopoulos brings you a brief history of Cinco de Mayo and the 1862 Battle of Puebla.

"People come to expect because they like to, they like the Mexican culture, they like Hispanic culture", said Sergio Romero, chairman of the Idaho Falls Cinco de Mayo.

In the 1960s and 1970s, the day became identified with the Chicano rights movement in the United States, especially in the state of California. The battle wasn't a decisive turning point, and the French ended up taking Mexico City a year later and ruling for about three more years.

Cinco de Mayo y Derby - Stop by Parlor and Yard from 2-7 p.m. for a live mariachi band, DJ Mahealani, pinatas and taco specials.

Some of the largest celebrations in the US are held in Los Angeles and in towns throughout the west where there are large Mexican-American populations.

Frontera Grill owner Federico Mendiola said he may expand the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration to his recently opened restaurant in Springfield next year.

Margaritas has been celebrating in anticipation for this day all week long.

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