Swine flu may have the whole world cowering in fear but in Greenwich, CT, the residents are powering on. Cinco de Mayo is here and nothing is going to get in its way. Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the Mexican army's defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. But it looks like this Cinco de Mayo is a new defeat over fear.
Some of the local Mexican eateries have received a few calls inquiring about the origin of their food and if any employees had recently visited Mexico, but despite these precautions owners are expecting hundreds to turn out.
Adriana Ibanez, general manager of Boxcar Cantina has stated that "It hasn't affected us at all so far." Ed Carter, the owner of Avenida, a Mexican restaurant on Greenwich Avenue said, “"Cinco de Mayo is like our New Year's. We are completely full."
Not to say that the country is not taking serious concerns regarding the possible pandemic. One has to note that a large Cinco de Mayo Festival in Queens, N.Y., was canceled only last week over concerns over the flu. Whether Cinco de Mayo is spent conservatively at home with friends and good food or out on the town; no one should miss out of such a rich culture and more importantly, delicious food.
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