Cinco de Mayo celebration

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Cinco de Mayo, which means “5th of May” in Spanish, celebrates Mexico’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. And in many cities in Mexico and in the US, Cinco de Mayo means it’s time for a fiesta.

Celebrated on May 5 each year, more than 120 cities across the US have Cinco de Mayo celebrations where you can listen to live Mariachi bands, enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine and throw back a few margaritas or cervezas. So grab your sombrero and maracas, and head to one of the best cities in the US to celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2014!

Los Angeles

Welcoming more than 300,000 people each year, Festival de Fiesta Broadway, the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the US, takes place in downtown Los Angeles. The 25th annual event kicks off on April 27 this year, and will feature parades, music and more. The party will continue May 3-5 in the historic district of El Pueblo de Los Angeles — the oldest section of LA — with live music, dancing and authentic Mexican food.

San Antonio

On May 3 and 4, celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Texas-sized fiesta in San Antonio’s Historic Market Square. The 2-day event — held in the city’s largest Mexican shopping center — will include entertainment, arts & crafts and fun activities for children. Continue the party on Cinco de Mayo at one of the many restaurants and bars along the River Walk — one of San Antonio’s most popular attractions, and located within walking distance of Market Square.

Washington, DC

Each year, Washington, DC, hosts the National Cinco de Mayo Festival, which features performances by the Latin dance company, Maru Montero Dance Co. From noon to 6 pm on May 4, between 9th and 12th streets on the National Mall, experience the city’s 22nd annual Cinco de Mayo festival with live entertainment, exhibits and more.

 

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