Since the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, when a Mexican army of 4,500 men defeated 6,000 French soldiers, the Cinco de Mayo holiday has celebrated Mexican heritage and culture.
To get you in the mood for Saturday's celebrations, Patch rounded up some facts about Mexican food, trade and population, all from the U.S. Census Bureau:
The number of U.S. residents of Mexican origin increased 54 percent, growing from 20.6 million in 2000 to 31.8 million in 2010, according to the 2010 Census.
More than 60 percent of the Mexican-origin population in the United States resided in California and Texas in 2010.
The value of total goods traded between the United States and Mexico in 2011 was $460.6 billion, making it our third-leading trading partner, after Canada and China.
The product shipment value of tamales and other Mexican food items (not frozen or canned) made in the U.S. in 2002 was $100.4 million. Frozen tortilla shipments were valued at $156 million in 2002, while the product shipment value of frozen enchiladas produced in the U.S. the same year was $48.9 million. There were 374 U.S. tortilla manufacturing establishments in 2008.