Cinco de Mayo is an annual event which commemorates the date of Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. It’s a large, colourful celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. People attend parades with Mexican folk dancing, mariachi bands and traditional Mexican food. In Puebla, locals take part in a big parade, dressing as French and American soldiers to re-enact the war.
Papel picado (which means ‘punched paper’) is a traditional cut paper folk art and the colourful banners are used to decorate streets and houses.DOWNLOAD & MAKE
• Paper or lightweight card
• Glue or sticky tape
• String or ribbon
Print out our picado pennants - there are two sizes to choose from.
Cut out around each pennant carefully and fold along the dotted line.
Attach each pennant to a length of string or ribbon by glueing behind the fold or using sticky tape.