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The Best Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

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This May, if you are seeking a way to enjoy a unique and fun spring celebration, check out one of these great Cinco de Mayo celebrations throughout the United States. Cinco de Mayo, which means the fifth of May in Spanish, celebrates the day Mexico defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla. It's a common misconception that Cinco de Mayo is the Mexican Independence Day, which is actually celebrated on September 16. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate Mexican heritage and have a great time. These ten celebrations are only a few of the many diverse and unique celebrations that you will find throughout the United States around May fifth.

Denver, Colorado
Each year in Civic Center Park, Denver, there is a huge Cinco de Mayo celebration. The Cinco de Mayo "Celebrate Culture Festival" is one of the largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the country. Denver has a vibrant Latino community and this is one way the city comes together to celebrate Latino culture. In 2010, the festival will have three live entertainment venues. There will be a wide variety of Latino music and dance, as well as folk arts and handicrafts, a children's carnival, and much more. Of course, no Cinco de Mayo celebration would be complete without lots of great Mexican food.

Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona is a fabulous place to spend Cinco de Mayo. Attendees of this festival will find a wide variety of parties and festivals. Downtown Phoenix has a large festival on May 1st and 2nd. This festival has music, food and is a great place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the whole family.

Reno, Nevada
Reno is a great place to enjoy a party, and Cinco de Mayo is a holiday known for its fun party atmosphere. Throughout Reno and Tahoe, visitors and residents will find all sorts of Cinco de Mayo celebrations. One of these is the Cinco de Mayo Festival at the Grand Sierra Resort, May 1-2. This festival celebrates Mexican culture with great entertainment, food, performances, and more.

San Antonio, Texas
In the beautiful city of San Antonio, Texas, Cinco de Mayo revelers will find a great celebration at the historic Market Square. At this fun event celebrating Mexico's victory on May 5, visitors can enjoy a large variety of entertainment. There will be concerts, food, and many other fun Cinco de Mayo traditions. All of these events take place at the beautiful Market Square.

St. Paul, Minnesota
Many people think that the Southwest would be the best place to find a Cinco de Mayo celebration, but St. Paul Minnesota hosts a great Cinco de Mayo celebration every year. In 2010 the "Cinco de Mayo Fiesta" starts on May 7 and lasts through May 8. Throughout the two day festival there are many exciting entertainment options. There is the usual food and music, but this unique celebration also features a parade and even a car show.

San Francisco, California
Every year in San Francisco, the Mission Neighborhood Centers put on the SF Cinco de Mayo Festival. This celebration is a very family-friendly event,  showcasing Mexican culture through music and art. If you are looking for a more family oriented festival, this alcohol free event is the celebration for you. This year the Mission Neighborhood Centers also had a pre-festival Black Tie VIP Dinner Gala.

San Marcos, Texas
San Marcos is home to one of the country's most unique Cinco de Mayo celebrations. This year, from April 30 to May 2, the town of San Marcos will host VIVA! Cinco de Mayo and all of the fun Cinco de Mayo festivities throughout the days of the celebrations. The festivities include a parade, a pageant, dancing, and music. The most unique feature of this celebration is the state-wide Menudo cook-off.  People throughout the state of Texas come together to showcase their favorite Menudo recipies.

Portland, Oregon

If you are in the Northwest during the beginning of May, stop by Portland for the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. This celebration lasts from May 1 to May 5, and it is presented by the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association. The four-day celebration is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating Mexican culture. There will be two stages with a wide variety of amazing live entertainment that's sure to wow the entire family.

Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California has one of the largest Cinco de Mayo festivals in the nation. Although the Festival de Fiesta Broadway is held before the actual day, it is one of the best celebrations of Latino culture in the country. In 2010 the Festival was held on April 25. The Festival de Fiesta Broadway always features amazing performers and lots of fun.

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