WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Hundreds will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo this weekend with some of the best Mexican food in town, but many ask themselves what is the true meaning behind the celebration.
Dr. Claudia Montoya, Spanish associate professor at Midwestern State University said many confuse Cinco de Mayo with Mexico's Independence Day.
When in fact it is a day to honor the Mexican army's victory over a French force at the battle of Puebla.
"And the symbolic importance of that is that the Mexican army was made basically of peasants with machetes," Montoya said.
She adds, in Puebla, her hometown they celebrate through parades organized by the school system.
"Each school would prepare their own band or gymnastics that they were going to do, and I was in the band of course and I played the tambourines," Montoya said.
The annual celebration has now made its way to Wichita Falls, where organizations and churches like Our Lady of Guadalupe plan to take part this year.
"We will have approximately 16 food booths where we will have all different types of authentic Mexican food prepared for sale to the public," Our Lady of Guadalupe, business manager Agapito Martinez said.
With the Hispanic community growing in the falls, Martinez said they try to promote their culture through events like these, which he says will end up helping the community.
"These are fundraisers for our church," Martinez said. "It helps us raise money and funds for the different ministries that our church participates in to help the people in this area."
Due to several Cinco de Mayo events this weekend, the church scheduled their event for Saturday, May 12. The event will kick off at noon and will run to 11 p.m.
The Maplewood also plans to celebrate Cinco de Mayo through a Latin Party. This Saturday, May 5 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Maplewood will celebrate with lots of dancing to Latin music.