Because Texas was once part of Mexico, the state has a long-standing Mexican heritage and follows many Mexican traditions, including celebrating the popular Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo. Although many people believe this is strictly a border-region phenomenon, towns across the state hold festivals to celebrate Mexico's most famous military victory.
In San Marcos, the Viva! Cinco de Mayo parade takes place at 10 a.m. on May 5 in downtown San Marcos.
Of course, perhaps no other town in Texas is as closely linked to the state's Mexican heritage as San Antonio. This year, the Alamo City has a variety of celebrations for Cinco de Mayo slated to be held at historic Market Square the weekend of May 5.
These are but a few of the Cinco de Mayo festivals scheduled for 2012. However, no matter where you find yourself in the Lone Star State near May 5, it's a safe bet there will be a celebration nearby.