The Margin: Cinco de Mayo drink specials, deals and freebies from Chipotle, Applebee’s, Taco Bell and more 

by | May 4, 2023 | Stock Market

It’s time to raise a glass to Cinco de Mayo once more. So what are we celebrating, exactly? The May 5th holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 during the Franco-Mexican War. The Mexicans had been greatly outnumbered. So while this was not a key, strategic victory in the overall war, it was a huge win, symbolically, because it helped raise Mexican morale. 

But contrary to some popular misconceptions, this is not Mexico’s independence day; that’s actually in September. Cinco de Mayo began as a day to honor this underdog victory in a larger war, which has often featured military parades, recreations of the Battle of Puebla, and other festivities. It has grown to be widely interpreted as a day to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage — and it has also become an excuse to indulge in some traditional foods, like tacos, as well as Mexican beers and spirits. Indeed, 40% of Americans plan to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Numerator reports — particular millennials and Gen Z members — with 43% planning to go out for food and drinks.  So here are several restaurants and fast-food chains dishing drink and food specials for Cinco de Mayo, which can help you have a little money leftover for celebrating the Kentucky Derby (or maybe even King Charles III’s c …

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