Cinco de Mayo

Vintage Cinco de Mayo Poster from 1901

Today Radio Riel cel­e­brates the Mex­i­can-Amer­i­can hol­i­day of “Cin­co de Mayo” by high­light­ing Mex­i­can Folk music, Mex­i­can musi­cians and com­posers as well as some Amer­i­can Folk music from the mid-19th Cen­tu­ry, which musi­cal­ly illus­trates the his­tor­i­cal con­nec­tion between Cin­co de Mayo and the Amer­i­can Civ­il War.

Cin­co de Mayo is sim­i­lar to Saint Patrick­’s Day in that the two hol­i­days have gained great sig­nif­i­cance in the Unit­ed States among the descen­dents of the first gen­er­a­tion cit­i­zens. While the hol­i­days are cel­e­brat­ed in their coun­tries of ori­gin, there is a larg­er focus on them in the US.

The Bat­tle of Puebla, the root of Cin­co de Mayo, occurred on May 5, 1862 as the Mex­i­cans strug­gled under French occu­pa­tion. The Amer­i­can Civ­il War was under­way at the same time and the ear­ly Cin­co de Mayo cel­e­bra­tions not only com­mem­o­rat­ed the Bat­tle of Puebla but also focused on the ideas of free­dom and democ­ra­cy. There­fore today’s pro­gram mix­es Mex­i­can music of all kinds with Amer­i­can Folk as a nod to the events in both Mex­i­co and the Unit­ed Stat­ed in the year of 1862.

Today’s pro­gram is pre­sent­ed by Gabrielle Riel. To lis­ten, click here to start your play­er . If you are in the Unit­ed States, please use the fol­low­ing link: .

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