A Mexican holiday came to the nation's capital Sunday, as Washington joined in Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
The National Mall rang to the sounds of authentic Mexico music and dancing, with traditional food laid on to add to the fiesta feel.
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862, when an outnumbered Mexican army defeated a large European army.
It is widely celebrated by Mexicans in the U.S.
Mexico ultimately gained independence in September 1867.