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Patch Picks: Cinco de Mayo

Great ways to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride.

Despite common misconceptions, May 5 is not actually Mexican Independence Day (which is September 16), but it is the day Mexican soldiers defeated French and traitor Mexican army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The day is generally regarded as a day of culture, food, music, beverage and customs unique to Mexico. We’ve compiled a list of ways you can join in on the fun.

As always, please let us know in the comments how you celebrated.

1. Culture & Cocktails—Cinco de Mayo

Where/When: Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History—May 5 from 5:30-8:30

About: Mix up your weekday with a toast to culture, community and conversation. Enjoy live music, Mexican food, margaritas and Mexican beer.

Price: $5—plus cash bar

2. Karaoke and Cinco de Mayo Menu           

Where/When: The Yarde House Tavern—the menu will be available from April 26-May 8; Karaoke from 8 p.m.-11 p.m.

About: Enjoy karaoke with DJ Pete Devine and order off the holiday menu, specifically designed for Cinco de Mayo.

Price: $2.50 Bud/Bud Light drafts all night on May 5

3. Cinco de Mayo Block Party

Where/When: 103 Allyn Street, Hartford, CT—May 6

About: Come let loose and enjoy a variety of Cinco de Mayo signatures that include: 20oz. Cuervo margaritas, Corona specials, live music, piñatas, authentic Mexican food and novelty sombreros.

Price: Tickets: $10

4. Visit Local Mexican Restaurants

There are multiple restaurants in the area that specialize in Mexican food, so you might as well go try them out to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Some of them include:

Acapulco’s Mexican Restaurant –61 Palomba Drive, Enfield, CT

Hacienda Del Sol –1541 King Street, Enfield, CT

Pancho Loco –218 Talcottville Road, Vernon, Rockville

Chili’s Grill & Bar –1035 Kennedy Road, Windsor, CT

Casa de Nana –995 Boston Road, Springfield, MA

5. Celebrate at home

Whether you want to put together a little gathering or just have a nice dinner with your family, adding a little taste of Mexico to your dinner is a great way to celebrate.

Decorations: Red, white and green are Mexico’s colors, so that would be a great way to pick your napkins, cups, plates, etc.—a little construction paper can go a long way.

Food: Here are a few recipes to get your started—salsa, queso, chicken enchiladas, fish tacos, fried ice cream,  agave nectar margarita

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