Despite what you may have heard, Cinco de Mayo is most definitely not the Mexican version of Independence Day. In fact, Mexico’s national Independence Day is September 16 and is one of the country’s most important holidays, while Cinco de Mayo is barely celebrated at all outside of the United States.
Many people don’t realize that Houston actually played a crucial role in establishing Cinco de Mayo as an unofficial (but much loved) U.S. holiday. Cinco de Mayo, literally “May 5th” in Spanish, began as a spontaneous celebration of the Mexican army’s stunning victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla.
A group of Hispanic miners in California gold country erupted into celebrations when they heard news of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín’s victory.
It wasn’t until the rise of the Chicano movement in the 1940s and 1950s that Cinco de Mayo really took off on a national level. Over the next 50 years, the holiday would slowly expand in popularity, driven along by celebrations and parades in U.S. cities with huge Mexican-American populations, especially Los Angeles, Houston and San Jose.
Of course, there is one more group responsible for the rise of Cinco de Mayo among Mexican-Americans alike—beer companies. That’s right, in the same way that the Big Greeting Card cartel helped invent Mother’s Day, so too did U.S. beer companies heavily promote Cinco de Mayo festivities around the country. Today, there are more than 150 official city-sponsored Cinco de Mayo events held annually, plus countless backyard parties, barbecues, concerts, and festivals, including many fiestas right here in Houston.
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Looking for Cinco de Mayo 2017 events in Houston, Texas? Here are three upcoming events in the Houston area that may have flown under your radar. If you go, then you’ll be participating in a proud tradition of Houston residents celebrating the Mexican-American experience and heritage.
Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl Midtown Houston
May 5, 2017 from 5 p.m. to May 6 at 2 a.m.
Registration Venue: Midtown Drinkery, 2400 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77006
Buy tickets for the PubCrawls.com’s Houston event all month long. “This year, get ready to enjoy your favorite Mexican-style drinks at your favorite Midtown Houston bars. Margaritas, Sangrias, and of course, Tequila Shots!…The battle of Puebla may have ended over a century ago, but the celebrations get better and better every year. Featuring some of the best bars that Midtown Houston has to offer, you’ll meet new friends and be able to hop around town with all of them.”
The event is 21 and over, of course, but interested pub crawlers can register at the event’s website.
The “CINCO DE MILE” // CINCO DE MAYOS BLOCK PARTY
May 5, 2017
This midtown block party is another new event hoping to start an annual tradition. Doors open early for this event, which brings together six venues for a day. The participating venues include Capitol Bar, Leon’s Lounge, Mongoose versus Cobra, Traffic Lounge, Gage Lounge, and Cle Day & Nightclub. Entertainment and vendor lineup TBA, but you can expect food trucks, pop up kitchens, and more. Doors open at 2 pm and the event is 21+ only. Visit the block party website for more information.
Concert Series in Historic Market Square
May 5, 2017 at 6 p.m.
Market Square Park, 301 Milam, Houston, TX 77002
Bring a blanket, some snacks, and your closest friends and family for some family-friendly Cinco de Mayo music. See website for the lineup and more information: http://marketsquarepark.com/calendar/
Happy Cinco de Mayo from The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian! Not only is Hilda L. Sibrian a highly experienced Houston personal injury attorney, but she’s committed to serving the Hispanic community, of which she’s a proud member.