FORT MYERS, Fla. - It's a day of food, fun and fiesta! Cinco de Mayo hit downtown Fort Myers Sunday and the party lasted for hours. And while the holiday is more of an American tradition, it's also a day many Hispanics celebrate their heritage.
Wink News spoke to business owners who were busy keeping up with the demand.
"We got an open grill going on back there, five dollar margaritas, pretty much it's a five dollar day," said Austin Gilchrist at Los Cabos Cantina.
Downtown Fort Myers was a sea of sombreros for Cinco de Mayo.
"I'm having a great time, being Hispanic I felt the need to be here," said Vince Patino.
But large hats were not the only way to stay cool.
"Our margaritas, the limeade is freshly made every morning and its 100% blue agave tequila," said Serena Gibson.
The restaurant on First Street was serving up the traditional holiday fare.
"We're just trying to accommodate everybody," said Gilchrist.
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican victory over the French in the battle of Puebla in 1862.
But Mexicans don't really celebrate the holiday, except in the Puebla state where the battle occurred.
"It's an American holiday, it's created by Americans for Mexico. I'm think the Mexican holiday is like in September," said Gibson.
Even so, partiers like Patino say it's a great way to celebrate the Mexican culture and enjoy the flavors of her homeland.
Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16th.