Correct, September 15-16 is the true celebration of Mexican independence which occurs each year, mostly within Mexico, dwarfing any observation of May 5th in that country! But for Mexican Americans, and for Americans who live in cities with large Mexican and Hispanic populations, May 5th is the day set aside for appreciating Mexico, usually with a little too much beer and lots of Mexican food. The events of May 5th were in honor of a military victory over the French, a short-lived triumph, experienced mostly by the people of Puebla, who are described in the article as the ethnic group represented by the organization in New York City.Usually a city's Chinese New Year Parade is the annual project of the Asian population, a similar kind of organized event which only very loosely corresponds to the actual Lunar New Year, and it is also more of a cultural spectacle for Americans than the Chinese or Asian-Americans, to take that time to really see Chinese people and give thought to their culture.
A lot of typeset went into the slanted story I read in the Voice, reader comments ran with the slant, offering further derogatory images of a brainwashed community with simple minds and moral flaws built in, and it mocked their celebration as it hung their hero out to dry. In May or September, Mexico is our closest ally and its people are at the front of our economic power, they deserve better than being broadsided by a sneering smear-piece, however well-written!