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Cinco De Mayo en Filadelfia!


Cinco de MayoCinco de Mayo is a celebrated mainly in the United States and other countries outside of Mexico.  Like St. Patrick’s Day, the historicity of this holiday has been lost in the cultural manifestation of the fiesta!  The holiday celebrates the defeat of the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862, of course on May 5. General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín lead the Mexican Army in the unexpected victory.  Contrary to popular belief (likely after a few too many tequila shots or margaritas) Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day.  If you need another excuse to imbibe on tequila, that occurs on September 16.  Funny enough, outside of Puebla, Mexico largely ignores the holiday.  Find a short and interesting history lesson surrounding the holiday here.

Philadelphia and its surrounding counties play host to some of the most entertaining and delicious of the festivities surrounding the holiday.  The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Azalea Garden Party & Silent Auction features lively mariachi music, Mexican-influenced cocktails andhors d’oeuvres,  stilt walkers, magicians, children’s crafts and entertainment, and horse-drawn carriage rides. The party takes place on the scenic Waterworks promenade behind the museum from 5:30 to 8 p.m. 

Distrito InsidePhilly's Iron Chef, Jose Garces' Mexigourmet joint, Distrito, will also host a party starting at 11:30am.  Distrito’s Cantina will feature a number of food specials, all priced from $3 to $8. Drink specials include $5 Margaritas & Cruzan Rum drinks, $3.50 Coronas and $2 Tecate cans.  There is also a special $40  tasting menu available.  Distrito is located at 3945 Chestnut Street. 

At North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd St., check out the 2nd annual “Fiestabowl.”  A live Mariachi band will accompany a vegan taco-eating contest.  There will be piñatas! Food specials! AND $2 bowling!

And, of course, you can stop on by BOCCA at 2nd and Market to celebrate with Philly2Philly.com! Our very own Joe Vallee will appear as a guest bartender! Read more about it

Last but not least, keep your browsers tuned to the Yelp discussion thread on Cinco de Mayo happenings.  Tech-hipsters keep you in the know concerning all things fiesta, tequila, and margarita! 


photo: Inside Distrito, Photo by Laura Amann



Joe is a native Philadelphia who began writing music at the age of 12. He has worked with the cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and Seattle Symphony, among others. He has also entered the world of pop music and remixing. He teaches both privately and at Drexel University. Joe has been writing for the arts for 10 years. You can follow Joe on twitter at twitter.com/HallmanComposer. You can find his music on iTunes and all other major digital retailers. For a taste of his music, check out: www.reverbnation.com/JosephHallman 

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