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Cinco de Mayo symbolizes Mexico's fight to maintain independence in the 1860s. The holiday on Wednesday commemorates the Battle of Puebla with the French army, in which a small group of Mexicans defeated the larger and seemingly more powerful French troops, in 1862.
Yet the holiday's meaning in America has broadened: The parades, fiestas and dancing celebrate Mexican heritage -- whether one is Mexican or Mexican-American.
Cinco de Mayo is not the most important day in Mexican history. Yet, "It's important in terms of patriotism," Bradenton lawyer Jim Delgado explains. "People confuse it with (the …