A common misconception about Cinco De Mayo is that it’s Mexican Independence Day but the holiday is, in fact, the day of the Battle of Pueblo, where the Mexican army unexpectedly defeated French forces in 1862. The holiday is only really celebrated in the state of Pueblo in Mexico
In America it has become the day to visit your local Mexican restaurant, stuff your face with tacos and enchiladas and chase it all with gratuitous amounts of tequila and Dos Equis. Basically, the Mexican version of St. Patrick’s Day.
It does have significance for Mexican-Americans however. Cinco De Mayo was celebrated by Mexicans and Latinos living in California who supported the American Civil War. The holiday became a way for them to celebrate their heritage and express cultural pride.
Brown Paper Tickets is ticketing a bounty of Cinco De Mayo events around the country. Here’s a sampling of a few of them happening tonight:
Rocco’s Tacos & Tequla Bar Cinco De Mayo Taco & Tequila Express – Boca Raton, Florida Undoubtedly the best way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is on the Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar Taco & Tequila Express! Spend the evening bar hopping on the Ultimate Party Bus to all the Rocco’s locations! Package includes delicious Mexican cuisine, an open bar on the bus, a commemorative Rocco’s T-shirt and hat, and a bottle of Rocco’s Tacos Signature Milagro Tequila! Tickets available here.
Re/Max Preferred Cinco De Mayo Fundraiser – Toledo, Ohio Do something great for the community while having a great time! This years charity event benefiting Childrens Miracle Network and Susan G. Komen for the Cure will be held on Cinco De Mayo! Ticket price includes a Mexican Buffet. There will also be a cash bar, live and silent auctions, and live entertainment. Tickets available here.
Cinco De Salsation! A Fiesta Benefit for Salsation Theatre Company – Chicago, Illinois Salsation Theatre Company, comedy with a LATIN flavor, is hosting their first ever fundraiser at Ristorante Al Teatro in Chicago! They’ve had a fantastic 12 years of comedy history and want to ensure that goes on for a long while. There will be great food, entertainment, and a raffle! Pre-sale ticket purchases not only give you a discounted ticket but also gives you admittance to the event, 5 raffle tickets, 2 tickets to the Salsation Fall Show, and gets you listed as a “Salsationista” in the Fall Show program and website. Tickets available here.
Cinco De Mayo with Now We’re Cookin’ – Evanston, Illinois Cinco de Mayo is a great excuse to strike up the band and party but you can’t party without food . . .so Now We’re Cookin’ is on the path of creating three terrific party-friendly dishes. Join their chefs to get instruction, then practice in their kitchen so you can go home filled with confidence equal to the heat in the chilis! Menu will include Jicama and Apple Slaw, Red Jalapeno Rellenos and Tacos with Chipolte Sauce. Tickets available here.
Cinco De Mayo Celebration Fundraiser for the Stonehouse Hospitality Academy – Nevada City, California Recently the Private Industry Council of Butte County notified Nevada County that they would be unable to continue operations of the StoneHouse Hospitality Academy. The Academy had been operating successfully for almost two years and provided important hands on job training for young people ages 18-24 to develop job skills in the hospitality industry.The community is invited to attend a fundraiser at the Old Brewery in Nevada City. Enjoy a Cinco de Mayo dinner featuring extraordinary Mexican cuisine, created and served by the StoneHouse Academy trainees. All proceeds will go to support this critical community program. Tickets available here.
Now remember folks, Cinco De Mayo is on a weeknight so take it easy on the tequila or you’ll be sorry at work on Friday! Salud!