Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is just around the corner. This year, we want to make sure you properly celebrate.
It’s necessary to understand the importance of Cinco de Mayo. Historically, Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico’s unlikely 1862 victory in the “Battle of Puebla” over the French. Now, especially in the United States, the date has transformed more into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage.
The easiest way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is by eating traditional and authentic Mexican food (and no, we don’t just mean tacos). Luckily for us, Southwest Detroit, better known as Mexicantown, is nearby and has plenty of choices for every appetite. Though the options are seemingly endless, Thrillist Detroit has managed to put together a list of the “10 Essential Stops” in Mexicantown on this holiday. While many on the list are good, our favorite is Armando’s. Besides offering great service and excellent food, Armando’s offers free delivery on all orders over $50, which is great for those who may be unable to get away from the office to celebrate. Take a look at the menu and you too will be sold! This Cinco de Mayo, we recommend going with either the combination special – taco, tamale, enchilada and tostada served with rice and beans, or the house specialty, the botana. Whatever you choose to eat, you won’t regret choosing Armando’s!
Around the United States and Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is often celebrated with more than just traditional food. Often times you will find parades, dancing, mariachi music, and colorful decorations. Those celebrating may also don red and green, to symbolize the colors of the Mexican flag. According to Savor Southwest Detroit the celebrations will kick off Sunday, May 4th at noon, with a parade. Other local activities can typically be found online at various websites, be sure to look into what is happening in your area!
Be sure to realize Cinco de Mayo is more than an excuse to eat tacos and drink margaritas. Understand the historical importance of this day. Take the time to appreciate and celebrate a culture different from your own or use it as a day to teach someone else about the culture you are proud of! Leave us a comment below and let us know how you plan to take part in the festivities.