Celebrated in Mexico for more than 150 years, and La Mesilla for over 50 years, the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta has a cloudy past. Sure, the Battle of Puebla – wherein the Mexican army resisted larger and more powerful French forces – took place on May 5, 1862, but Mexico had already won independence from Spain in 1821. A Reform War had been fought between 1858 and 1861. And it wasn’t until June 5, 1867 that the Mexican army took Mexico City back from the French. So, it’s not really an independence day celebration, per se. Confusing? Imagine how the country of Mexico feels.
None of this national chaos stops revelers from descending on Mesilla Plaza on the first weekend in May to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. This year’s event takes place Saturday, May 1, 12 to 10 p.m. and Sunday, May 2, 12 to 7:30 p.m. For two full days attendees can enjoy Mariachi music, Folklorico dancing and some of the best regional edibles this side of the Rio Grande. Celebrate Mexican culture and heritage and let the unique rhythms of our neighbors to the south lift your spirits with live performances, arts & crafts vendors, games and plenty of good eating. As always, admission to this colorful event is free!
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Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
2118 Calle de Parian, Mesilla, NM
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