Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of Mexico’s army over the French in the Battle of Puebla, Mexico, 1862.

Yesterday a different enemy stop the celebration. The festival has been held every year their since 1937.

“Swine flu fears closed Mexico’s biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration in this colonial city on Tuesday, while Mexicans in the U.S. planned to party despite the growing epidemic north of the border.

For the first time in decades, the re-enactment of the Battle of Puebla, Mexico’s May 5, 1862 victory over French forces, was called off to avoid contagion-prone crowds. It was replaced by a somber ceremony featuring President Felipe Calderon, other officials and a small number of soldiers. Surrounding streets were empty.”

For any one in Mexico who may have felt left out here is the Ballet Folklorico Veracruzano:

When was the last time you danced?

For me it was the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Seniors Center. Not counting of course may daily dancing across my living room floor while listen to the latest rock tune on my iPod. Fortunately there are no videos of that. πŸ™‚