Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in New York City

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Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the Battle of Puebla, when Mexican soldiers defeated Napoleon's invading army in a bloody battle.
Today, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated across the United States and Mexico. It's an important day in Mexican history and a great excuse to enjoy fantastic Mexican food and a margarita or two. Read more about the Battle of Puebla and the history of Cinco de Mayo.
This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Sunday, so many New Yorkers are starting the celebration on Saturday night.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2013 in New York City

  • Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl -- For $15, you can drink cheap at dozens of NYC bars on Cinco de Mayo and on the Friday and Saturday before. Admission includes $3 domestic drafts, $2-$3 Dos Equis, $4 bottles and $5 margaritas.
  • Cinco de Mayo Street Fair -- Stop by the Cinco de Mayo street festival on 33rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues) or the Cinco de Mayo Parade on Central Park West between 92nd and 106th Streets on Saturday, May 5.
  • Cinco de Mayo at Maya -- Richard Sandoval's Maya is serving a bottomless margarita brunch for $35 per person. Sip on margaritas and dine form unlimited small plates from 10:30am until 3pm.
  • Cinco de Mayo Mariachi -- The Mad Dog & Beans Mexican Cantina is hosting a full weekend of Cinco de Mayo festivities, starting on Friday night. It's not too late to partake in the ongoing "10 Days of Cinco de Mayo" with featured tequilas every evening. Enjoy music, drink specials, and prize giveaways.
  • Cinco de Mayo Bullriding Fiesta at Johnny Utah's -- Come on, urban cowboys (and cowgirls). See if you have what it takes to ride the mechanical bull at Johnny Utah's at their Cinco de Mayo festival. Sample the "strongest margaritas this side of the Rio Grande," show off your sombrero and enjoy 2-for-1 quesadillas.
  • Best Margaritas in New York City -- Raise a toast to the Battle of Puebla with a well-made margarita.
  • Rosa Mexicano -- Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at Rosa Mexicano at Lincoln Center, where the guacamole is always freshly made and the pomegranate margaritas flow freely.
  • Dos Caminos -- Head to this Manhattan Mexican hotspot for Cinco de Mayo happy hour and stick around for the menu that puts a modern spin on classic Mexican fare, especially the lump crab guacamole. Locations at 373 Park Ave. and 825 Third Ave.
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