Cinco de Mayo 2014

Posted on: May 5th, 2014 by paul

Wondering where the best place to celebrate this year’s edition of Cinco de Mayo?  Wondering what all the fuss is about? May 5 is a very important day for Mexican and Americans with Mexican decent, hover outside of America and Mexico there is very little hooplah surrounding this holiday.

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Cinco de Mayo commemorates the battle of Puebla, Mexico that took place on May 5th, 1862 versus the French Empire. This battle was significant because it was a key victory that slowed the French army’s pursuit toward Mexico City. Now this day is set in lore as a time to celebrate freedom.

Best Places to Celebrate

The state of Puebla is the cradle of this celebration. The Feria de Puebla coupled with the Festival Internacional 5 de Mayo combine to make a month full of celebrations. There are activities for the entire family including arcades and arts and crafts.

Los Angeles
Home the biggest Cinco de Mayo festival in the United States, Los Angeles host upwards of 300,000 with the Festival de Fiesta Broadway. This week-long event is highlighted by live music, dancing, and great food.

San Antonio
Located in the southern part of Texas in close vicinity to the Mexican border, San Antonio hosts a wide variety of events including concerts, commemorations, drinks, and food. In addition to the celebrations, take a stroll down the city’s river-walk to see some of the best restaurants and bars.

For those who feel festive and do not come from Mexican ethnicity, why not celebrate with a few cervezas and tacos. Does there really need to be an excuse to have a margarita? Even though there is some speculation that the commercial nature of this holiday has been created by tequila and beer companies based in the United States as a ploy to increase sales, the underlying goodness of this holiday lies with the fact that many people are brought together every May the 5th to drink, dance, and celebrate life.

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