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From parades to eating contests to dances, Cinco de Mayo has become an adopted holiday for many Americans. In Mexico City, re-enactments of the Battle of Puebla, which the holiday is in celebration of, take place. Mexican-Americans may also use the day to show off their culture, while others may celebrate it for more light-hearted reasons -- such as a burrito contest complete with sombreros.

Wearing sombreros as part of their costume, Andres Sanchez, 9, left, and Pedro Gonzalez, 8, wait to participate in the Cinco De Mayo Parade down New York's Central Park West Saturday May 5, 2007. The boys are members of Ballet Folclorico Quetzalcoatl, a dance group from the Brooklyn borough of New York. (National Journal)
Beth Romero, left, and a member of the Maru Montero Dance Company performs at the Sylvan Theater near the Washington Monument during the 18th Annual National Cinco de Mayo Festival in Washington Sunday, May 2, 2010. (National Journal)
First lady Michelle Obama is greeted by school children as she visits the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Monday, May 4, 2009, in Washington. (National Journal)
Pedro Rodriquez shows his colors at the Cinco de Mayo festival in Denver on Saturday, May 3, 2008 which is one of the largest in the U.S. drawing near 500,000 people for the two day event. (National Journal)
In the May 5, 2010 file photo, Amir Ahmadian, foreground, and Grand Murphy eat their burritos while competing at the second annual "Burrito Bowl" in Los Angeles. Cinco de Mayo has become in the U.S.: a celebration of all things Mexican, from mariachi music to sombreros, marked by schools, politicians and companies selling everything from beans to beer. (National Journal)
People take part in a recreation of the Battle of Puebla during "Cinco de Mayo" celebrations in Mexico City, Thursday, May 5, 2011. On May 5, 1862, Mexican forces loyal to Benito Juarez defeated French troops sent by Napoleon III in the Battle of Puebla, in Puebla, central Mexico. (National Journal)

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