Would you believe those two dapper men above gave rise to one of the most infamous annual parties in the United States? Well, that’s former Mexican President Benito Juárez [right], who sought to end the French occupation of Mexico; and General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín [left], who defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The day means a lot of different things to different people–but mostly it’s just another excuse for Americans to get drunk.
Is that the legacy Juarez and Seguin were after? Not in the least. We can’t imagine those two “bow-tie Cinco de Mayo” mavericks licking salt off their wrists and pounding food-colored spirits. So, this year, we’re changing the game with a “Sensible” Cinco de Mayo Party.