Top Cinco de Mayo Events By City
Cinco de Mayo CelebrationsWith graduations, warm weather, blooming flowers and holidays, May is the unofficial start of summer. One of the most fun May celebrations kicks the month off: Cinco de Mayo. In Puebla, a state in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory against the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In the United States, the day celebrates Mexican culture and pride. While it is celebrated for different reasons in different places, it universally means one thing: a fiesta. You can find Cinco de Mayo parades all over the United States. Luckily, The Parking Spot has picked out some of the best Cinco de Mayo events for you. Check out these destinations if you are looking to travel for Cinco de Mayo. San Antonio, Texas Due to the large Mexican-American population in Texas, the Market Square in San Antonio is about as an authentic Cinco de Mayo celebration as you can find. At the fiesta you’ll find music, concerts, folklorico dancing and Tex-Mex. Plus, the bars in San Antonio make an excellent margarita. Denver, Colorado Many people aren’t aware, but nearly 20 percent of the Mile High City is Hispanic, and because of this, the city is home to one of the largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the country. The celebrations now span two days and more than 450,000 people attend. Welton and Lincoln Streets are home to the majority of this Cinco de Mayo parade, which includes musicians and dancers, and ends at Civic Center Park. Music is always at the center of the event and you’ll find mariachi and Tejano styles accompanied by salsa and tango dance performances. Finally, you won’t go hungry as there is an annual green chili cook off! Chicago, Illinois Just as it goes all out for St. Patrick’s Day by dying the river green, Chicago doesn’t hold back for Cinco de Mayo. Celebrations go on for three days and include a parade. On the famous Navy Pier, you can find mariachi music and dancing. Plus, all the great restaurants in the city put on their own celebrations and deals. New York City, New York Like other celebrations around the country, New York’s Cinco de Mayo festivities do not lack for mariachi music or folkorico dancing. What makes this fiesta even more unique is that the parade takes place in Central Park West. In addition to the parade and other celebrations, there is a Cinco de Mayo pub crawl centered on margaritas that dozens of bars participate in. Kick off May and your summer with some fiesta infused fun by going to one of these great Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Let The Parking Spot help you find the best Cinco de Mayo parades this week.