CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The line went out the door at the Frontera Grill restaurant in Chicopee, on Cinco de Mayo, where customers faced a two-hour wait to get in. The restaurant was jam packed and every table was taken; the margaritas and salsa chips were in high demand.
Frontera owner Federico Mendiala told 22News Cinco De Mayo is their busiest time of the year; “We try to have a lot of things organized so they run smooth and seamless. We have 14 to 18 new employees, get them trained, and get them ready, so they can help me thru Cinco de Mayo.”
A tent was set up outside to handle the customer overflow. Parking was so limited, customers had to park on the other side of Memorial Drive, and get shuttled back to the restaurant.
In the United Stated, Cinco de Mayo means big celebrations, but in Mexico it has historical importance. On Friday, people in Mexico City celebrated a 19th century military victory over France with a battle re-enactment.
Residents dressed in period costumes, and marched to represent Mexican and French troops preparing for battle. In that battle on May 5, 1862, Mexican forces overcame Napoleon’s French Army. That victory has come to symbolize Mexican unity and patriotism.