When I was in elementary school, the school marked Cinco de Mayo by having the local high school’s Mariachi dancers come to visit. They wore colorful clothes and danced and sang Mexican songs. The festivities would be topped off by taco day in the cafeteria. Let me note for the record that tacos at Weldon Elementary School in Clovis were worth your time. I remember the day as a celebration of Latino culture and the the diversity of my home state.
These days I live on the East Coast and Cinco de Mayo is more of a bar holiday than it is an actual celebration of cultural diversity. But in my world, it still features tacos. Mine are chicken tacos (I use a Diana Kennedy recipe) and I add some homemade salsa and guacamole. JT put 7 tacos into his hungry belly and announced that it’s a good thing to have a mama from California.