SAN DIEGO –
Cinco de Mayo, a celebration overflowing with margaritas and tacos, is a day when Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, is honored with parties and other festive events.
Often confused with Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually commemorated on September 16, Cinco de Mayo is a way for cities with large Mexican-American populations to celebrate the culture of Mexico. Although the day is not nationally recognized in Mexico, these festivities in the United States date back to the 1960s, when Chicano activists made the occasion known. They felt a connection to the indigenous Mexicans and their victory over “the European invaders during the Battle of Puebla.”
San Diego will host a series of outings for those who want to raise their glasses and cheer this historic event in Mexico’s heritage.
Old Town Cinco de Mayo Party
Old Town will hold its annual free party on Saturday, April 30, from 10 am to 10 pm and on Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm The party will feature live performances, music, food and drinks, a market with artisans, and a cantina garden.
The family-friendly event will take place throughout the Old Town district, creating a 7-mile trail filled with activities, craft projects and games.
With locations in Mission Valley, Harbor Drive and La Jolla, Puesto Mexican restaurant celebrates the occasion by welcoming its new beer, the 5.5 percent ABV Puesto Cinco de Mayo Pilsner, created by veteran brewmaster Doug Hasker. As a way of paying homage to Mexican cuisine and beer, Puesto invites diners to drink their Mexican-style beer, accompanied by Baja fish tacos, made with local pole-caught fish.
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