Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican festival celebrated every year on May 5. This holiday is celebrated both in Mexico and the United States and commemorates the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over French forces during the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While Cinco de Mayo is widely believed to be Mexican Independence Day, this isn't actually true. Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on September 16. This holiday of Mexican heritage and pride is especially celebrated in the state of Puebla. Keep reading for ideas on where to celebrate with a list of the top 10 Cinco de Mayo festivals.
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that one of the top 10 Cinco de Mayo festivals is celebrated close to Mexico, in San Antonio, Texas. The festivities here include music, concerts, food, and commemorations all in historic Market Square.
Every year over 100,000 people celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Reno, Nevada. The holiday here includes a wide variety of Latino traditional food and music. Find the festivities in Victorian Square
and neighboring Sparks. Finish off the celebrations with a little gambling in the local casinos.
If you're looking for a big city to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year, check out Chicago. Every year 200,000 people come to Douglas Park
for music, cultural displays, kids' activities, traditional food, games, and more. The party also continues into the evening in bars and pubs throughout Chicago.
Another destination with one of the top 10 Cinco de Mayo festivals is San Diego, California. A variety of entertainment here includes a maracas and margaritas festival in the Gaslamp District
as well as live entertainment in Old Town
at Bazaar del Mundo
The Cinco de Mayo celebration is spread out over two days in Denver, Colorado. During these days over 400,000 people gather to hear a variety of music played outdoors, including everything from Mexican regional music to Spanish rock to Latin jazz.
Destinations in the U.S. with substantial Mexican populations tend to put on a pretty good show for Cinco de Mayo. This celebration of Mexican heritage is celebrated with music and food at multiple venues spread throughout Phoenix. Find the festive spirit in Patriots Square Park
and the Museo Chicano
There's always a party to be found in San Francisco, but none are quite like the Cinco de Mayo celebrations. At this annual festival, you will find the Mission District full of Lucha Libre wrestlers
and more all-day cultural entertainment.
If you're looking to spread out the Cinco de Mayo fun, head to Portland where the festivities last for five days. Located in Waterfront Park
, this festival attracts 300,000 people every year with its three stages of live music, dancing, and entertainment. Fireworks and a pavilion featuring art and jewelry from Mexico complete the offerings here.
Sometimes the best Cinco de Mayo festivals show up in unexpected places. The festivities in St. Paul, Minnesota are spread over two days in the District del Sol
. Here the celebration includes a parade, six blocks of live music, salsa tasting competitions, and many more Mexican culinary delicacies.
Across the country cities celebrate Cinco de Mayo in their own way. In Kansas City the festivities include a celebration of traditional music and dance in Kaw Point Park
as well as dancing, children's activities, and a cultural center in the Crown Center downtown
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