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In photos: Cinco de Mayo celebrations

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A dressed up Chihuahua dog poses during the 'Run of the Chihuahuas' annual race in Washington on May 3, 2014. The annual Chihuahua race marks the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo celebrated on May 5. MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images
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Chihuahua dog owners release their pets to compete in the 'Run of the Chihuahuas' annual race in Washington on May 4, 2013. The annual Chihuahua race marks the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo celebrated on May 5. MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images
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Dressed up Chihuahua dogs pose during the 'Run of the Chihuahuas' annual race in Washington on May 3, 2014. The annual Chihuahua race marks the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo celebrated on May 5. MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images
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A dressed up Chihuahua dog reacts during the 'Run of the Chihuahuas' annual race in Washington on May 3, 2014. The annual Chihuahua race marks the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo celebrated on May 5. MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images
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A disabled Chihuahua dog pulls its carriage at the 'Run of the Chihuahuas' annual race in Washington on May 4, 2013. The annual Chihuahua race marks the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo celebrated on May 5. MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images
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General view of Detroit's Cinco de Mayo parade on May 4, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. Paul Warner/Getty Images
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General view of Detroit's Cinco de Mayo parade on May 4, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. Paul Warner/Getty Images
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General view of Detroit's Cinco de Mayo parade on May 4, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. Paul Warner/Getty Images

TORONTO – Cinco de Mayo is being celebrated in the United States and Mexico on Monday.

Spanish for the “fifth of May,” Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage and marks the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 – it is often mistakenly thought to be Mexico’s Independence Day, which is celebrated on Sept. 16.

Pet owners dressed their tiny dogs up for the annual “Run of the Chihuahuas” race in Washington on Saturday as part of Cinco de Mayo celebrations taking place across the United States and Mexico.

Dressed up Chihuahua dogs pose. MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of people turned out for Detroit’s Cinco de Mayo parade on Sunday, but it was cut short after a man was shot to death, according to police.

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General view of Detroit’s Cinco de Mayo parade on May 4, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. Paul Warner/Getty Images

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