Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for "the fifth of May," celebrates the defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862. Celebrating Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly popular in the DFW area. Many celebrate the day with dancing, music, food and beverages. Many restaurants and bars offer specials and live music.
For some of us, it's a good excuse for tacos, enchiladas, margaritas and cervezas!
What: Don't miss The 23rd Annual Cinco de Mayo Big Parade and Festival. The Big Parade is the largest Cinco de Mayo parade in North Texas with over 20,000 in attendance. This colorful event includes marching bands, folkloric dance groups, school groups and much more. It takes place on the first Saturday each May in Oak Cliff.
When: Saturday, May 4, 2013. Big Parade starts at 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Festival at Casa Guanjuato runs from noon to 8 p.m., 1002 W. Brooklyn Ave.
Where: The historic downtown Oak Cliff. The parade travels along Jefferson Street.
Contact: Sylvana Avila Alonzo at 214-650-8381.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the La Gran Plaza with live entertainment featuring the La Gran Plaza Mariachi, local bands, authentic Mexican dishes, and the biggest Cinco de Mayo party in the Metroplex.
When: Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: MetroPCS Stage, 4200 South Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76115. 817-922-8888.
Where: Event to be held on the Celina Downtown Historic Square, Celina TX 75009.
Note: must have a minimum of 18 people reserved to hold a tour. This does not mean a group; it means individual parties that make up a total of 18 people. $60.00
When: Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday, May 5 from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
More Info: For more details, visit www.dallasbitesfoodtours.com or www.dallasbychocolate.com. Call 972-814-5997.
More than 6,000 people attended last year’s event and even more are expected to come to the 2013 celebration. This FREE event celebrates the diversity in the Denton community and features activities for the entire family.
The celebration begins with a parade at 10 a.m. from the Texas Woman’s University parking lot, corner of Locust and Oakland streets, proceeds down Elm St. to the Courthouse Square, around the Quarkertown Park, and ends at the Civic Center parking lot.
Numerous vendors at the event will offer foods, beverages, jewelry, crafts, and many other items. Children's activities include piñatas for children ages one to six, a children’s arts and crafts area where they can create and keep traditional Mexican crafts.
There will be a variety of entertainment on two stages ranging from Hispanic bands, local school performers and the Little Miss Cinco de Mayo pagent. There will also be a 5K Run.
If you dislike crowds and love to cook, here are some recipes for great-tasting mexican appetizers and cocktails.