Cinco de Mayo
As a result of the unchecked European quest for empire in the late 19th century, the French invaded Mexico under the pretext of collecting overdue debts. The mighty French empire went to Mexico guns blazing, fully confident of their ability to subdue the Mexicans and get their money. But the French were not to be victorious on Cinco de Mayo.
As the French marched on the Mexican capital they were halted in the city of Puebla by the smaller Mexican forces. And that is what happened on Cinco de Mayo.
While the Mexicans won that fateful Cinco de Mayo, 1862, ultimately the French occupied Mexico. They installed a monarchy that lasted just four years. The monarchy collapsed and the rest is history.
Cinco de Mayo In the United States
Cinco de Mayo was popular with Mexicans in the late 1870s, which is when they imported the holiday to the United States. Over the years its popularity has waned in Mexico, while gaining ground in the United States.
In good ol’ American fashion Americans have taken this celebration to new levels with some cities even holding a Running of the Chihuahuas competition!
The City of Oakland Park is no exception. In grand, or should I say grande?, Cinco de Mayo style local establishments are having parties and food and drink specials all weekend long! The only thing we are missing, hint hint, is our very own Running of the Chihuahuas.
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Oakland Park
So let’s take a look at where you can stuff your face and drink your sombreros off this weekend in Oakland Park.
Champions World Boxing and Fitness
Champions World Boxing and Fitness is having their First Cinco de Mayo party on May 4th.
Join them for a buffet, games, and more. The party starts at 8:30 and the fight starts at 9:00pm. This party is family friendly with a Kidzone just for the little ones.
This party is B.Y.O.B. and has limited seating. Be sure to reserve your spot in advance.
Tatts and Tacos Beer Garden
Tatts and Tacos Beer Garden in Downtown Oakland Park will be hosting their 2nd annual block party on May 5th. The festivities begin at 6pm and don’t stop until 2am.
There will be live music by Pandia at 6pm, as well as Live DJs, Food Trucks, Bounce House, Face Painting, Raffles and Giveaways.
Tatts and Tacos will also be offering free beer samples form Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers, Gulfstream Brewing, Biscayne Bay Brewing and Veza Sur.
Saturday, Cuatro de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo weekend specials will start on Cuatro de Mayo at Tequila Sunrise.
Come and meet the Partida Tequila Girls and enjoy free Tequila Tasting, free samples and $7 Premium Partida Margaritas.
Sunday, Cinco de Mayo Block Party
Tequila Sunrise Mexican Grill at 4711 N Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park, Florida is hosting their annual block party on Sunday May 5th. The fun starts at noon and goes until ??
Enjoy live Latin music by Los Tequila Trio, Dancing, Outside Party Bar, Shot Girls & Free Shots, Free Give-A-Ways, Margarita Specials, and Bucket Specials.
Find out more at www.tequilasunrise.us
Viva Tokyo Mexican and Japanese Restaurant / El Guanaco 2
The festivities at Viva Tokyo will actually start on May 4th at 4pm and the fun goes on until 11:00 pm. The festivities will pick up again on May 5th at 11:00 am until 10:00 pm.
Viva Tokyo will have food and drink specials and music all weekend long, with Mariachis performing on Sunday afternoon.
Just Beyond Oakland Park
If you want to wander beyond the borders of Oakland Park, a couple of fiestas you might want to check out are listed below.
La Mexicana Tapas – Wilton Manors
“No Cinco De Mayo Plans (Yet*)? No PROBLEM!“, according to La Mexicana Tapas in neighboring Wilton Manors.
They will be hosting their annual Cinco de Drink Festival all day from 9:30am to 11:00 pm.
They will be serving their regular Mexican fare, along with delicious drink. Enjoy live music, games, costumes and much more
We’ll have our customary Mexican cuisine, yummy drinks, groovy live music, games, costumes, and much more!
Fishtales off of 33rd.
Fishtales will open their doors at noon and will serve Bottomless Bloody Marys & Mimosas for $20.00. They will have an All You Can Eat Taco Bar for $10.00 from 2-5pm., $5.00 Coronas and Corona lights, $5.00 Tequila Shots, $5.00 Margaritas, $5.00 Sangrias, and $5.00 Upside Down Margaritas given by Sexy Shot Girls!
Roy Michaels performs From 2-5 and Quick Fix will make their Tales Debut from 6-10! Fishtales fiesta goes on until midnight.
Have a Happy and most importantly safe, Cinco de Mayo!
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