Cinco de Mayo is sometimes confused with the Mexican Independence Day here in the U.S., but it’s actually the celebration of the Mexican army’s defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. Mexican Independence Day is September 16th. Regardless, Los Angeles is home to millions, and those millions like to celebrate their holidays in style. Here are a few of the events going on this weekend to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
- On Saturday May 2nd and Sunday May 3rd, the Olvera Street Cinco de Mayo festival will be in full swing. There will be live performances of both traditional and popular Mexican tunes, dancing, games and food. The Olvera Street Festival promises to be fun for the whole family.
- On May 3rd, from noon to 4 p.m., the LA Plaza Museum will be holding a Cinco de Mayo celebration. There will be art workshops, performances, food and more. For those who would like to add an educational flavor to their celebration, Cinco de Mayo at the museum might be your best bet.
- For those who would like to try something a little different, though no less celebratory, on May 4th and 5th the Mayan Mexican Theater will be holding Lucha VaVoom Psychedelic Cinco. It’s a live performance that incorporates acrobats, Mexican wrestlers, a burlesque show and comedy. Tickets are $50 and sure to go fast.
Whatever you decide to do, whether it’s to head out and attend one of LA County’s events or to keep it local, make sure you remember to stay safe. The LAPD and LASD will be keeping an especially keen eye out for anyone who appears to be exhibiting impaired driving, and there is a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to driving under the influence. There will likely be checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout the city as well, so if you choose to drink, do so responsibly and find a safe ride home.
From the SCV Bail Bonds family to yours, have a safe and happy Cinco de Mayo!