If you’re in Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 5, be sure to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Since Las Vegas is a great place for a party, the city would be remiss if it didn’t host plenty of Cinco de Mayo celebrations. The holiday is celebrated primarily in the United States as a day to honor Mexican heritage, customs, and food. Many Americans mistakenly think May 5 is the date Mexico declared its independence, but Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates a major battle in 1862 that the Mexican forces won against the French, who had a larger and better-equipped army.
Where can you celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Las Vegas? Parties will be held all over town, and there’s no better time to find cheap margaritas wherever you go, but you may want to check out some of these events:
El Segundo Sol is a new Las Vegas Strip restaurant located at the Fashion Show Mall, and it’s celebrating the holiday with five days of parties leading up to Cinco de Mayo. On May 5, they’ll have happy hour all day and a mariachi band.
Tacos & Tequila at the Luxor will start the party at noon on Wednesday. Festivities include the “Miss T&T Hot Tamale” contest judged by Erik Estrada.
Eve at CityCenter’s Crystals will host a tequila fest and a Sexy Senorita contest. The winner gets a vacation to Cabo San Lucas.
VooDoo Lounge at the Rio will have a special DJ and an evening full of Latin music.
Dos Caminos, located at Palazzo, celebrates from noon to 3 a.m. with a special DJ, drink specials, food, and mariachis.
Pink Taco in the Hard Rock will feature food and drink specials–and, of course, a mariachi band.
At the Stratosphere, you can toast to Cinco de Mayo at the Level 8 pool. In addition to having drinks and snacks, you can also hang out with a dozen Brazilian bikini models.
Border Grill, at Mandalay Bay, is home year-round to fantastic, cutting-edge food. On May 5, you can enjoy the food and drinks–which include a $20 margarita (limit two per person)–while taking in a view of Mandalay Bay’s Lazy River.
Photo of Mexican Flag courtesy of Iván Cabrera
Photo of dancer courtesy of Gail Williams