Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the Lowcountry

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The weather wasn't enough to keep people away from bars and restaurants on Cinco de Mayo, but there's more to the holiday than tortilla chips and margaritas.

Taco Boy was packed for the Mexican holiday. While some may think the celebration is for the Mexican Independence Day, it actually isn't until September 16th.

Festivities on May 5th are in honor of the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The Mexican army won that battle despite being out-gunned and out-numbered.

The holiday as we know it has long since been an American tradition. In fact, the largest celebration on this day is in Los Angeles. Either way, despite the rain here in the Lowcountry businesses are definitely seeing the benefits of the celebration.

Sam Bowen, manager at Taco Boy said, "We always go through our margaritas and especially our house made infused pineapple margarita, big top seller, so we're slinging 'em out." It's a great time, especially falling on a weekend, it maximizes everybody's chance to get out and definitely sales have increased."

In 2005 the U.S Congress issued a resolution recognizing the holiday for its historic significance.

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