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Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on the each year to commemorate the victory of Mexican forces over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. Why this one battle is remembered while so many are forgotten isn't entirely clear, but one thing we do know is that it is now used a great excuse for a party in cities around the world, especially those with large Hispanic populations.
Celebrations in Mexico itself are actually far more minimalist than in some of the US cities that have embraced the tradition, and in particular there are parties and parades held annually in New York, Houston, Miami, St Paul, Los Angeles and Chicago. Worldwide there are events in locations as diverse as London, Vancouver, Brisbane, Paris, Tokyo and Jamaica.
The main events we've been able to track down that are taking place
for Cinco de Mayo this year are as follows:
Houston: Annual LULAC Cinco de Mayo Parade in downtown Houston on Saturday 7 May
New York: Bar crawls and special events in bars and restaurants around the city, get more details here
Chicago: Cinco de Mayo Festival and Parade in the Little Village Mexican neighbourhood, at W 26th Street & S Kostner Ave
St Paul: Cinco de Mayo West Side Festival, details on the official site here
Los Angeles: Olvera Street Cinco de Mayo festival, with live music, entertainment, traditional food and drink
Given the relatively small scale nature of most of these events there
isn't a great deal in the way of live streaming or TV coverage, although
in previous years there has been a live stream of the Houston parade
in particular, and the local news networks usually have some coverage.
We'll be keeping our eyes open and will post any links we find right here.
In the major cities hosting Cinco de Mayo events this year you can check availability and make reservations for local hotels here.
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