The Battle of 5 de Mayo took place here in Puebla. The French tried to capture the city, but were repulsed by the motley forces of General Ignacio Zaragoza. This battle had nothing to do with Mexican Independence, nor is it a day of drinking and debauchery! Here it is celebrated with a month-long fair at the Forts, and a parade the day-of. Most school kids participate in the parade and they have the day off, while the rest of us have a normal workday, since it’s not a federal holiday.

The last time I saw the parade was in 2006, when I took these photos.

The last time I saw the parade was in 2006, when I took these photos.

I was lucky enough to watch it from a rooftop, since the streets are packed. Note the people sitting on the church's roof across the street!

I was lucky enough to watch it from a rooftop, since the streets are packed. Note the people sitting on the church’s roof across the street!

A monument to the battle at the Forts.

A monument to the battle at the Forts.

For those of us who have to work, at least there's no traffic!

For those of us who have to work, at least there’s no traffic!