Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May) only means one thing across much of the USA and Mexico; Grab a margarita or an ice-cold corona and some traditional Mexican dishes because it’s fiesta time.
Here are our top 5 fiesta hotspots for Cinco de Mayo celebrations:
1. Puebla, Mexico - A History Lesson
Most people don't know what they're celebrating on Cinco de Mayo. In fact, the holiday is really called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla.
Here’s the scoop: On May 5, 1862, Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza and his outnumbered soldiers successfully defended the town of Puebla, Mexico against French occupying forces. While not the official day of Mexican independence, Cinco de Mayo has become a symbol of Mexican pride and heritage. Why not celebrate where it all began?
2. New York City, New York - Cinco de Mayo Parade
In true NYC fashion, the city celebrates Cinco de Mayo in a huge way. Party the day away at the parade near Central Park West or head to one of the numerous pub-crawls and street fairs complete with mariachi bands, dancers, and colorful floats.
3. Los Angeles, California
It may seem surprising but the best place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is in California. Los Angeles hosts one of the largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the country with a multi-day festival known as Fiesta Broadway. Thousands of Mexican expats in Los Angeles have ensured that the city commemorates the battle, filling Olvera Street with music, dancing, and margaritas.
4. Washington, D.C. - National Cinco De Mayo Festival
Our city hosts the National Cinco de Mayo Festival each year with a performance by the Maru Montero Dance Company in front of the Washington Monument. In D.C., Cinco de Mayo extends past Mexican culture and honors the heritage of all Latin American countries. Performers travel from countries like Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and Argentina to make this event truly authentic.
5. St. Paul, Minnesota
“So, you’re telling me to go to Minnesota for a Mexican holiday?” Yes! Although Minnesota is not the first place most people think of when it comes to Mexican heritage, St. Paul’s District Del Sol on the West Side hosts one of the USA’s best Cinco de Mayo fiestas. Celebrations include a parade down Cesar Chavez Street, a low-rider car show, a 5K race, and live entertainment.