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Cinco de Mayo Festivities: Where The Margaritas Flow A Little Faster and The Latin Music Beats A Little Louder

Here's this week Patch Picks of best holiday festivities on May 5.

On May 5, the fajitas will sizzle and  hotter all across America in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Contrary to common belief, Cinco de Mayo—ignored by many native Mexicans—is not the country's Independence Day.

Rather, this uniquely American holiday commemorates the unexpected and unlikely victory by the Mexican army over the invading French forces lead by Napoleon in 1862, and it has become a celebration of Mexican American heritage and cultural pride. 

We sought out the hottest Cinco de Mayo celebrations around:

Hacienda la Paloma’s Cinco de Mayo Party (443 Lexington Ave., Mount Kisco) is going to bring the roof down according to the restaurant’s owner Victor Ruiz.  The festivities are scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. and last until 4:00 a.m. and will include live music, a special dinner menu, and specialty margaritas –  all offered at discounted prices in honor of Cinco de Mayo. 

Enjoy a two-in-one party at(720 North Bedford Road, Bedford Hills). The restaurant, which officially opened on Tuesday April 20, welcomes its new customers to celebrate the restaurant opening and Cinco de Mayo all at once.  Salsa Fresca Mexican Grill is expected to have its required liquor license by May 5, at which time customers can enjoy frozen drink specials and complimentary chips and salsa.

Cinco de Mayo Night at (333 North Bedford Road, Mount Kisco) is the perfect venue for guest interested in enjoying an evening of Mexican-themed entertainment while supporting a good cause.  Hosted by the Hillside Food Outreach, “Let’s Drive Away Hunger” will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Grand Prix New York. The prix-fixe celebration ($100 per adult, $50 per child) will include a full Mexican buffet, margaritas, Mexican beer, unlimited go kart driving, billiards, and a bouncy castle.

Peekskill’s 5th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration (North Division Street, Peekskill) is an open-air festival held in the heart of Peekskill’s historic and artist districts.  Beginning at 1:00 p.m. on May 7, the day-long festival will offer plenty of free entertainment including authentic live music and foods, dancing, games and treats for the kids.

Families looking for a kid-friendly restaurant for Cinco de Mayo should stop into (125 East Main Street, Mount Kisco).  The extensive menu is sure to please children and adults alike.  In addition, the very limited drink menu (which includes a few Mexican beers but excludes margaritas and all hard alcohol drinks) ensures a mellow crowd.

John J. Timmel April 22, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Why does the author describe the celebration of a victory by the Mexican army over invading French forces as a "uniquely American holiday?" What makes this Mexican historical event in any way American? Later on, in the very same sentence, she describes the holiday not as American, but as "a celebration of Mexican American heritage and cultural pride," which of course is the correct description. If you ever care to write about a military victory that is American, Armistice Day took place on November 11, 1918 and V-E Day occurred on May 8, 1945. John J. Timmel Bedford
Lisa Buchman April 22, 2011 at 05:00 PM
Hi John, thanks for your comment, and point taken. The author was referring to the fact that in Mexico, Cince de Mayo may be a holiday, but may not have the significance as, say, Mexico's Independence Day on Sept. 16. But in America, the date has become a cause for celebration in a way that is "uniquely American" - over the top, some might say. Here's an interesting blog on the topic: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/laplaza/2010/05/cinco-de-mayo.html.
Marie May 13, 2011 at 02:14 PM
As a "Mexican", I concur with Lisa and Ali's comments. It is NOT a 'holiday' celebrated in Mexico nor by 'true' Mexican-Americans here. It is, as stated by the L.A. Times article, seen by my peers as a 'ridiculous' AMERICAN holiday- a capitalistic excuse to sell Mexican liquor and food for profit. Thank you Lisa for reporting this accurately and trying to enlighten Americans. Cinco de Mayo is only an important historical date of a battle and win against foreign intervention (France).

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