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Ways to Fiesta During Cinco de Mayo Around the World

by Haley Dobrowski | Apr 25, 2023
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Cinco de Mayo is a festive holiday celebrated in many parts of the world, particularly in the United States and Mexico. Many may believe that Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s Independence Day, the holiday commemorates the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. While Cinco de Mayo is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, it has taken on a life of its own in the United States and other countries, with people celebrating with Mexican-inspired parades, music, food, and drinks. Here are some different ways that people celebrate Cinco de Mayo around the world.


In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla, where the Battle of Puebla took place. The celebrations typically involve military parades, speeches, and reenactments of the battle. In other parts of Mexico, the holiday is celebrated with smaller parades, parties, and cultural events. Taking a trip to Mexico can be a great way to immerse yourself first-hand into the Mexican culture. You might also find a new appreciation for the holiday’s roots, as it reflects the bravery, determination, and pride of the nation.

United States

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become a popular holiday, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Many cities and towns hold parades and festivals with music, dancing, and food. Some of the largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the United States take place in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.

In addition to the traditional celebrations, there are also many unique ways to fiesta during Cinco de Mayo. For example, in San Francisco, the annual "Cinco de Mayo on the Hill" event takes place in the city's historic Bernal Heights neighborhood. The event features live music, food vendors, and a salsa dancing contest.

In New York City, the Cinco de Mayo celebrations take place in the city's vibrant Mexican community in East Harlem. The festivities include a parade, live music, and traditional Mexican food.

In Miami, the annual "Cinco de Mayo Brickell" celebration takes place in the city's downtown financial district. The event features live music, food and drink vendors, and a lively street party atmosphere.


In Europe, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in a variety of ways, particularly in countries with large Mexican expat communities. In London, the annual "Mexican Independence Day Festival" takes place in Trafalgar Square, featuring live music, food stalls, and traditional Mexican dancing.

In Madrid, the "Fiesta de la Comunidad de Madrid" takes place on May 2 and 3, but often includes Cinco de Mayo celebrations as well. The festival features traditional Spanish and Mexican music and dance performances, as well as food and drink vendors.


In Canada, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in a variety of ways, particularly in Toronto and Vancouver. In Toronto, the "Cinco de Mayo Fiesta" takes place in the city's downtown entertainment district, featuring live music, food vendors, and tequila tastings. In Vancouver, the "Cinco de Mayo Boat Party" takes place on a luxury yacht, complete with DJs, dancing, and Mexican-inspired food and drink.

Celebrate Local

No matter where you are in the world, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. If you prefer to celebrate in the comfort of your home with family and friends, that doesn't mean you can't still fiesta in your own way. You could host a small gathering and serve traditional Mexican dishes like tacos, guacamole, and margaritas. Or, you could participate in a virtual celebration, such as an online cooking class or virtual dance party. If your cooking skills might not be up to par, Cinco de Mayo can be a great opportunity to support your local family-owned Mexican businesses and enjoy authentic cuisines.


Cinco de Mayo is a festive holiday celebrated around the world. Whether you choose to celebrate with a traditional military reenactment or a modern street party with live music and food, there are countless ways to mark the occasion. As the holiday continues to evolve and adapt to different cultural contexts, it remains a celebration of Mexican heritage, pride, and resilience. So whether you choose to participate in a large public celebration or a small intimate gathering, make sure to take a moment to reflect on the history and significance of the holiday. As you enjoy the festivities around the world, don’t forget to pack travel protection. Travel protection can help you ensure you stay protected from unexpected situations that may occur during your travels. Talk to your travel advisor or visit our website to learn more. Feliz Cinco de Mayo!




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