City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
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City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
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Cinco de Mayo celebrations

Credit: Bob Andres

Credit: Bob Andres

Every year on the 5th of May, in honor of the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, revelers flood the streets of America in droves in search of cheap margaritas and bottles of lime-stuffed beer. And, fortunately for most of us, this year Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday, leaving us with plenty of celebrations to choose from. Here is a roundup of some of Atlanta’s best Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

Fiesta Atlanta

Fiesta Atlanta, the largest Cinco de Mayo party in the Southeast, will celebrate Hispanic heritage with an all day festival at Centennial Olympic Park. The festival regularly draws over 45,000 attendees. The festivities begin at 10 A.M. on Sunday, May 6th and will feature two stages of live musical performances by international and local artists, Mexican folk dancing, a ¿5 Qué? (5K) Race, mariachi music, and plenty of authentic Hispanic foods.

10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, May 6th. Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta., free admission.

Eclipse de Luna – Dunwoody

Eclipse de Luna’s 6th annual Cinco de Mayo Bash comes to Dunwoody on Saturday, May 5th. Starting at 1 p.m., the Dunwoody location will host an all-day party featuring live Latin and international music, live DJs, drink specials, and a special menu celebrating the Mexican holiday. The party continues into the evening, but those that come before 5 p.m. can join the Bash free of charge.

1 p.m.-1 a.m., Saturday, May 5th. 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. 678-205-5862, No cover before 5 p.m.


The Midtown gastropub is hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration this Saturday, May 5th, including live music and a special South-of-the-border inspired menu. In addition to the house made sangria and Dos XX they will serve up, the first 20 people to sign up can participate in TAP’s second annual taco eating contest. A $10 entry fee gives contestants a shot at the $150 grand prize .

11 a.m.-midnight, Saturday May 5th. 1180 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-347-220, Free admission, $10 entry fee for taco eating contest.

Derby Day

What says “celebration of Mexican heritage” like giant pastel hats and horse races? Ok, so it may not be your traditional tequila soaked Cinco de Mayo celebration, but the Shephard Center’s Derby Day falls on the 5th of May this year, and certainly offers up a fun-filled day of festivities for a good cause. An Atlanta tradition since 1983, the outdoor party held at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers includes a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby, food and beverages, live bands, and a live and silent auction. All proceeds go to benefit the Shepherd Center’s Therapeutic Recreation Program.

2 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, May 5th. Georgia International Horse Park, Conyers., $60 online/$70 at the door.

- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog

10 comments Add your comment


April 27th, 2012
10:24 am

Most of us white people use Cinco de Mayo as an excuse to go out and drink Mexican beer and tequila, yet don’t even know the meaning of the holiday.

Ed Norton

April 27th, 2012
10:39 am

^^ Thank you, Capt. Obvious.


April 27th, 2012
10:59 am

Ugh, it’s not just white people @ Ralphie. Most people in this country period use any holiday as an excuse to drink, eat, and get away from work! Even if we know what the holiday is about.


April 27th, 2012
11:21 am

No mention of the activities up Buford Highway? There’s usually something at Fiesta Plaza or at the Latin American center.


April 27th, 2012
3:13 pm

Turning solemn holidays into drunkfests is hardly the sole province of Americans, though with St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo under our belt we’re getting pretty good at it. Many young Aussies honor the fallen on ANZAC Day by getting drunk. And it’s their own country’s holiday!–at least Americans pick other countries’ holidays to party on. The Irish have gotten hip to American-style St. Patrick’s Day celebrating, so maybe down in Mexico they’ll discover that partying on the 5th of May can be a lot of fun.


April 28th, 2012
9:57 am

the Battle of Puebla in 1862 was the only battle the Mexicans won. The French took control of Mexico placed Charlemane as presidend of Mexico stayed about five years then left Mexico

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May 1st, 2012
12:03 pm

I think the point Ralphie is trying to make is how stupid we must look to the Mexicans when we “celebrate” their holiday without knowing anything about it.

Senor Pantalones

May 3rd, 2012
12:46 pm

Voy a planchar los pantalones


May 3rd, 2012
2:38 pm

YAHOO! gimme some of that green beer!!!! I hope they have beads to throw to the gals!!!!