Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
Celebrate Mexican heritage on Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) across the US with festive margaritas, salsa and chips, and singing and dancing.
Maragaritas, Chips and Salsa!Cinco de Mayo is mostly celebrated in the US and Puebla, Mexico, where the Battle of Puebla took place, a Mexican victory over the French. Food is a big part of the celebration, including salsa and chips and, of course, an icy cold margarita. 960 1280
Plaza Garibaldi, Mexico City, MexicoMexican Mariachis perform at Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City. Plaza Garibaldi, an outdoor nightspot in the heart of Mexico City, is famed for raucous open-air drinking and folk music but city officials want to clean it up and add a dose of sophistication. 960 1280
Here Comes AlicePartygoers and parade bystanders get excited as a float -- paying homage to the fairytale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland -- rolls down Canal Street for the Rex parade. New Orleans lights up with excitement every year for Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Mardi Gras started in Louisiana in the late 17th century when the area was under French colonial rule. 960 1280
Rex ParadeThe Rex parade, pictured here, is one of New Orleans’ most celebrated Mardi Gras parades. It’s led by an organization (The School of Design), which chooses one member every year to wear the honorary title “Rex.” The distinction is one of the highest honors a person can receive in New Orleans. 960 1280
Mardi Gras ColorsTwo revelers pass by a home before a Mardi Gras parade. Those decorations you see -- beads, ribbons, masks and streamers -- come in traditional Mardi Gras colors: green (symbolizing faith), gold (power) and purple (justice). 960 1280
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