Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride (and not to be mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day which is actually on September 16), is coming up again, and it continues to be a day not just for Mexicans but for everyone around the world. After all these years, it is still seen as a bigger holiday in the United States than in Mexico, and there are few better places to celebrate it than in the city of Los Angeles. California still has the largest Hispanic market in America, and they will be partying along with everybody else at one or more of these events.
25th Annual Fiesta Broadway
Covering 24 blocks of Downtown Los Angeles and with an annual attendance of over 300,000 people, Fiesta Broadway is both the largest Hispanic event in the country and the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the world. This year it will be taking place on April 27, and it runs just a little over a mile along Broadway to 1st street. You can expect to see many musical acts performing all day long, games for the whole family, and a great assortment of Mexican food to eat. One piece of advice, don’t bother driving to Downtown Los Angeles. Do yourself a favor and take the Metro instead.
Hollywood Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl
Taking place on both May 3rd and 5th, this particular Pub Crawl will have you walking along the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard where you can visit more than a dozen venues along the way. Among the deals you can find at them are $2 cervezas, 2-for-1 margaritas and $5 tequila shots. To register, you need to go to Outpost Hollywood on Cahuenga Boulevard on either date by 10 p.m. You can purchase tickets for either one or both days, and be sure to bring your sombreros and ponchos.
8th Annual Cinco de Mayo Tequila Festival
Taking place at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza on May 3, this festival will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about “Mexico’s Magical Elixir.” While there you can sample various and diverse brands of this famous drink, and you will get to learn about its history and how it is made through workshops led by Joe & Glenda Aiello. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m., and there is no entry after 8 p.m. It is highly recommended that you get your tickets in advance.
Senior Services Cinco de Mayo
This event promises a very fun afternoon of socializing for Latino and Latina LGBT folks over 50. It will also feature a journey through the cultural richness of Mexico along with plenty of delicious regional dishes and music. It takes place on Friday, May 2 from 12 to 3 p.m. at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza and it is free.
Los Lobos Cinco de Mayo Music Festival
Best known for their version of “La Bamba,” East L.A. band Los Lobos presents their 3rd annual Cinco de Mayo festival at the Greek Theatre on May 3rd. Joining them for this day of music and celebration are the multi-cultural Grammy winning band Ozomatli and the Los Angeles based punk band Mariachi El Bronx. This event is being presented by KCRW, and ticket prices range from $25 to $69.50.
Be safe everyone and have a great time on this holiday!
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