It’s time for the County of Los Angeles Cinco De Mayo 2016 celebration! For those who aren’t aware, Cinco de Mayo means the 5th of May, and it marks the date that Americans like to commemorate Mexico’s defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. Often, people here in the US misidentify Cinco de Mayo as Mexican Independence Day; a day that actually falls on September 16th and signifies the 1810 declaration of independence (and beginning of the Mexican War of Independence) that took place in Dolores, Mexico.
Cinco de Mayo is actually a pretty minor holiday in Mexico, but here in the US it’s become day that Americans of Hispanic descent and non-Hispanic descent alike celebrate Mexican culture and heritage. In places across the country with small Latino populations, Cinco de Mayo celebrations may be relegated to specials at a few local restaurants. In the American Southwest, and other parts of the country with much higher Latino populations, the celebration is significantly larger.
Here in Los Angeles, the celebration is city-wide.
- If you’re looking for a taste of tradition, then there’s no place better than Olvera Street’s Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival. The festival is 3-days long, and includes dancers, live mariachi music, games and of course, lots and lots of traditional Mexican food.
- For something a little more artsy, there’s the Lucha Vavoom Psychadelic Cinco at the Mayan Theatre. A production that includes masked Mexican wrestlers, burlesque, comedy and more. It’s only in LA for May 5th and 6th, so if you want to go, make sure you get tickets soon.
- Prefer a production you can actually take part in? Revolution Cinco de Mayo at the Belasco Theatre boasts 3 stages, 24 artists, visual exhibits, poets, dancers and a whole lot more. It’s May 5th only, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
There’s really a whole lot more going on throughout the entire weekend, and no matter what part of Los Angeles you’re in, you’re probably not far from a number of festivities. Whatever you choose to do, remember to stay safe and have a happy Cinco de Mayo!