Cinco de Mayo in Mexico is a fantastic celebration that visitors should not miss out on. The commemoration of the Battle of Puebla in 1862 and the celebration of the rich Mexican culture and heritage provide great insight and a chance to learn about the country, as well as a chance to commemorate an important point in Mexican history. With so many Mexican Cinco de Mayo parties, parades, festivals and battle reenactments, visitors are sure to experience all the holiday has to offer.
The Puebla Cinco de Mayo is the largest celebration in the country. Since the battle occurred within this Mexican state, inhabitants take the holiday very seriously, going all out in every aspect. Puebla Cinco de Mayo begins with a full reenactment of the Battle of Puebla. Participants dress up as French and Mexican soldiers and play out the battle with the Mexicans being victorious. Although dressing up as the Mexican patriots is a favorite amongst locals, volunteers must dress in French attire to make the battle complete. A viewing of the reenactment gives visitors and outsiders the real story behind the holiday and the importance of the battle in Mexican unification and strength. The reenactment at the site of the battle is one of the best ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
After the battle has been completed and the Mexican patriots celebrate their victory, a full-on party ensues. The Puebla Cinco de Mayo is followed by a colorful parade made up of dancers, musicians, floats, school groups and volunteers. The majority of participants are decked out in traditional Mexican clothing with women wearing long, flowing dresses or skirts and colorful tops and men sporting the traditional pant suit with a bright serape or sombrero. The dancers showcase traditional Mexican dancing accompanied by mariachi music, maracas and guitar playing. The floats in the parade symbolize important figures in current events, political satires and celebrate various local groups who help to support the festivities. The parade is then followed by one of the best Mexican Cinco de Mayo parties with a festival of food, entertainment, and lively chatter.
Cinco de Mayo in Mexico is also popular in the capital of Mexico City. The neighborhood of Penon de los Banos holds a great celebration complete with a small reenactment, a parade and festival loaded with authentic Mexican food, dancing, and singing. The locals here take their celebration seriously with a full day packed with festivities and partying. The reenactment takes place in the early morning with inhabitants flocking to the streets soon after to indulge in eating from the various food stalls, attending a live concert or dance lesson, or just catching up with friends over a cold drink. If you want to travel to Mexico City for one of the best Mexican Cinco de Mayo parties in 2016, be sure to have a costume ready as everyone here is decked out in authentic gear and ready to go!
Cinco de Mayo in Tijuana has also become popular in the last few years. Its close proximity to the United States and very affordable prices has attracted Americans and Mexicans alike. Unlike other celebrations of Cinco de Mayo in Mexico, Tijuana focuses on the partying aspect rather that the historical importance. Many hotels, restaurants, and bars feature specials but they do not host a reenactment or parade like other cities. It is the place to go if you are looking for a quick getaway on Cinco de Mayo 2016 with a bigger party atmosphere than what you might find at the more culturally focused celebrations.