Mariachi dancers wearing traditional costumes and hats while dancing on stage

Are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo this weekend? There’s plenty to do, from the family-friendly to adults only. But before we dig into that, let’s take a look at why Cinco de Mayo is an important date in history.

Cinco de Mayo (fifth of May) is a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture. Ironically, it seems to be a bigger festivity in America than in Mexico. The day commemorates “the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War” (History.com).

By all rights, Mexico shouldn’t have won the Battle of Puebla. They were outnumbered (2,000 to 6,000) by a better-prepared, trainedf army. But they did, and it was a “symbolic victory for the Mexican government and bolstered the resistance movement.”

Things to do Friday – Sunday

Lucha libre - colorful Mexican wrestlers masks hanging at a stand for sale
Lucha libre!

More to do!

  • Check with your local library for events, too! Many events will be held on Saturday.
  • The Best Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles (Border Grill DTLA, Rosa Mexicano L.A. LIVE, El Vez at The Down & Out, Cinco de Mayan Theatre, El Pueblo de Los Angeles, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Ace Hotel DTLA, Petty Cash Taqueria – Grand Central Market, Mezcalero DTLA, Nixo Patio Lounge, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, The Coliseum, Guelaguetza Restaurant, Estar Guars Weekend, Big Bar, The Tam, Lucky Strike Live, LONO Hollywood …)

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