|Portland, OR: Cinco de Mayo Fiesta|
|The Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862|
After the jump, lots more about Cinco de Mayo.
Celebrating Mexican Culture is important for Americans, and the first family likes to set a good example. Here are a couple of pictures of our First Lady:
|Michelle Obama enjoys a Cinco de Mayo Performance, 2009|
This above photo reminds me of Cinco de Mayo assemblies I participated in at Mount Washington Elementary in Los Angeles. I vividly recall learning De Colores along with accompanying dance in Mrs. Carlson's 2nd Grade Class. What a lovely song. I found a great clip of childhood favorite Raffi singing it:
Okay, back to Michelle...
|White House Cinco de Mayo Reception, 2010|
|I'm a sucker for color and full skirts, so always love the traditional dancers. The dancing itself is good too!|
|A great Buster Bluth mariachi moment! This is how you woo a Spanish language soap opera star!|
|Cinco de Mayo Barbie Doll|
And even if it's been commercialized, anglicized and alcoholized, Cinco de Mayo is still a fun time to reflect upon and celebrate the unique mix of heritages that make up America and the important influence on Mexican and Chicano culture in our lives. Lighten up. It's a party. ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo a todos!
UPDATE: For those of you that are curious, here's what Michelle wore at this year's reception. Her statement belt is one of many in her collection by Alaia:
|Photo: Pool/Getty Images|