Other than the day that you associate Margarita’s with, do you know why Cinco de Mayo, is celebrated?
Did you know that Cinco de Mayo is actually not observed as a national holiday in Mexico? Regardless what you have learned, Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexico’s Independence Day, that’s on September 16th.
Cinco de Mayo (or Battle of Puebla Day) commemorates Mexico’s struggle and unlikely victory against the much larger and better equipped French Army, at the Battle of Puebla on May 5,1862. This was during the Franco-Mexican War lasting 1861 until 1867.
If it happened in Mexico why is it a big deal here in the United States? Mexican-American’s in the 1960’s started using the day of Cinco de Mayo to celebrate their culture. With Parades, fiestas, mariachi bands, and food, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a day that doesn’t matter your ethnic background but only the reason to make you party.
The unofficial holiday isn’t just celebrated here in the U.S., but all over the world emphasizing Mexican cuisine, culture, and music. Cinco de Mayo is considered at par to unofficial holidays such as St. Patricks Day and Oktoberfest. Tokyo, Japan’s Yoyogi Park celebrates Cinco de mayo as a celebration of all the Americas & not just Mexican culture. Cayman Islands, hold an annual Cinco de Mayo air guitar competition.
Here in the Tampa Bay we have our own fiestas! To help you find the best one for you we have gathered a list of events going on tonight. Even where to go for lunch today!
Tres Amigos Cantina – 2025 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511
Tres Amigos Cantina Brandon is ready for Cinco de Mayo! The fiesta starts at 11 a.m. with alcohol specials all day, an outdoor party and live music from 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Offers Military discounts!
The Patio Tampa – 421 S. MacDill Avenue, Tampa, FL 33609
Beginning at 3pm The Patio will have a bunch of mexican drink specials as well as Mexican Cuisine and much more!
Chili’s – 1949 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL / 1281 E Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL / 3422 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Valrico, FL
You can get a free appetizer, dessert or kids’ meal at Chili’s if you have the coupon.
Green Lemon – 915 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL
Green Lemon has been celebrating Cinco de Mayo since Friday offering drink specials specials and selling T-shirts.
Bahama Breeze – 805 Brandon Town Center Drive, Brandon, FL
Cinco de Mayo isn’t complete without Viva la Rita! Live music from 5pm-10pm. #VivaLaRita
Contact John Soliman and Associates of HomeXpress Realty at 813-642-7653 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of an event that we missed so we can update our site!
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