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Cinco de Mayo is not a commemoration of Mexico’s Independence Day. A group of Mexican-Americans and Latinos in California first celebrated Cinco de Mayo during the American Civil War. Though the celebrants dedicated the day to Mexican culture and history, Cinco de Mayo was unique to good old U.S. of A.

Cinco de Mayo has become one of the rowdiest holidays on the American calendar, spanning far beyond the country’s Mexican and Latino populations. There’s no better example of the mariachi madness that takes place once a year in May than Cinco de Mayo New York 2015.

The Big Apple boasts a plethora of Cinco de Mayo events, including the Cinco de Mayo Street Fair outside of Grand Central Terminal. There, amigos and amigas enjoy a traditional New York City street fair – featuring food, jewelry, clothing, crafts, art, and apparel – with seasonal, Mexican flavor.

Thirstier Cinco de Mayo celebrants head to Cinco de Mayo bars across the city like La Esquina in Chinatown and Cascabel Taqueria East in the Upper East Side. Both establishments – as well as countless other New York Mexican restaurants – offer zesty margaritas that provide enough liquid courage for drinkers to get up and dance the night away.

Widely considered the most important city in the world, New York City is not surprisingly one of the most caliente places to spend Cinco de Mayo in 2015.

The Mexican American community celebrates CINCO DE MAYO as their Independence Day complete with colorful costumes, mariachi bands, dancers, parades and a host of other special festivities that are open for all to attend even if you are not of Mexican heritage.   This is also a fantastic opportunity for branding, sampling and distributing promotional materials at a low cost with high gains. I have found that the Mexican population of Spanish Harlem has increased substantially in the last several years to roughly 50, 342.

Assorted Mexican performers, marching bands and dance groups from the community make colorful arrangements for the family to enjoy and show off their heritage along with amusements as well as Corporate American Sampling Products, Raffles, Health Care, Career Awareness, Legal Access Services, New Product Information, Mobile Phone, and Tourism/Travel Senior Center Information.

If Cinco de Mayo was a cause, tequila would be its patron saint (or Patrón saint, if you will). Fitting, then, that a new bar dedicated to the Mexican liquor is opening just in time for the holiday. With over 40 varieties of tequila and a dozen mezcals (another agave-derived spirit), the Hudson’s Hotel’s Tequila Park serves up a margarita for every stripe — from the classic recipe to bubblegum bacon and bourbon-hibiscus. The drinks are paired with a variety of traditional tacos or more adventurous fare like the Sriracha cheese steak and kimchi shrimp nachos. Tequila Park will start the Cinco de Mayo party at 2 pm and last until closing time, with live performances from several groups. There are other locations all around the city with similar Cinco de Mayo themes for every taste and budget.

The centerpiece for any self-respecting platter of nachos is guacamole and the creators of Tuesday’s Guactacular are well aware of that fact. For the sixth year in a row, Nachos NY will throw its celebration for all things avocado at The Bell House in the Gowanus. For tickets costing between $15 and $28, you can attend in the afternoon, in the evening, or all day long.

For the Sun lovers you can bask in the sun at DUMBO’s Chan Electrica, where outdoor seating will accommodate revelers there to enjoy the day with their specialty drink, the Margarita de Remolacha (made with fresh beet juice, Pueblo Viejo blanco tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup). In their garden overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge, listen to Latin music while noshing on locally sourced Mexican fare.

Whether you’re on your way out to the ‘burbs or you’re just feeling the spirit of the holiday while two blocks from Grand Central Station, The LCL Bar and Kitchen will serve up the tipples that’ll help you celebrate. Since the restaurant makes natural products a focus, they’ll serve up the 1, 2, 3, Organic Tequila Flight, which includes three one-ounce servings of tequilas made from ingredients grown in ancient volcanic soils. They’ve also concocted the Smoke and Heat cocktail especially for the occasion: Mezcal, agave syrup, fresh lime juice, pineapple juice and egg white.

Kathy Kiefer


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