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Cinco de Mayo Survival Guide

On St. Patty’s Day we’re all Irish and on Cinco de Mayo we’re all Mexican. It’s that time of year to be Mexican again. Are you ready for tequilas, cervezas, fish tacos, and sombreros? Joonbug loves a well-made tequila cocktail and also loves sipping on some good tequilas. You can't beat a day of Mexican food, drinks, and culture as I’m sure many of you embrace on this festive day. Cinco de Mayo started with Mexican-Americans on the west coast celebrating democracy and freedom at the start of the American Civil War. So how do we survive celebrating the holiday? Well Joonbug doesn’t want you to just survive. We want you to relish. So here are some tips on what to include in your celebrations:

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Fiesta Time: Where to Party this Week

Save The Beer Benefit

When: Monday April, 30th 7:30-9:30pm

Where: 79 North 11th Street, Brooklyn NY

Horseless Carriage Cocktail Party

When: May 3, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Where: Tribeca Three Sixty, 10 Desbrosses St. NYC

NYCLASS invites you to a cocktail party with hor d'oeuvres, drinks, dancing and a fabulous silent auction. All proceeds will go to support the production of the 'Horseless Carriage," a viable alternative to carriage horses that will protect the safety and address the quality of life issues currently faced by New York City's residents and its horses. NYCLASS is committed to ending the inhumane practice of the carriage horse industry and promoting a clean and safe alternative to this outdated tradition. Contact: horselesscocktails@nyclass.org

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Indulge in Teqa-ila for Cinco de Mayo

Murray Hill taqueria, Teqa, is the perfect place to indulge all your Cinco de Mayo fantasies this year. The famed Mexican eatery will be dishing out week long specials, as well as bottomless tacos ($30) and drink specials each day.

Come May 5th, there will be live music, a two hour open bar, and a prix fixe menu, which will include the infamous Tuna on Crack, a selection of tacos, quesadillas, chips & salsa, guac, rice and beans, grilled corn, and not to forget dessert. There will be seatings at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm for $100 and an 8pm seating for $125. But don't forget to prep yourself for this Mexican extravaganza! See the full schedule for Cinco de Mayo specials all week long below!

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Food History 101: Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday celebrated to remember a very important day in Mexican History when the Mexican Army defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Despite popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day. On that day, Napoleon sent 6500 men to go up against 4000 Mexican men in a brutal battle. Mexico actually already declared their independence on September 16, 1810.

The city of Puebla celebrates Cinco de Mayo by throwing huge parties which includes dancing, bright decorations, and fabulous Mexican food. Women dress in colorful attire and men wear western traditional clothing. There are many parades, great music being played by Mariachi bands and tons of people celebrating by eating delicious food while spending time with their loved ones. Cinco de Mayo is most celebrated in Puebla and many other Mexican towns, even places in this country rejoice and remember the epic battle.

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Eat Your Way to Cinco De Mayo

Find a sombrero and get ready to start off Saturday’s Cinco De Mayo fiesta early! All week long the city celebrates Cinco De Mayo with taco nights, drink deals and bar crawls featuring tequila, Coronas, and margaritas. Starting on Wednesday we’ve found three great events, as well as four restaurants, that will keep the tequila flowing and have you saying, “si” all weekend long.

Group Guacamole Lesson & Cinco De Mayo Party (21+): SideBAR (120 East 15th Street)

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Cool Facts About Cinco de Mayo

First off, Cinco de Mayo isn’t an Independence Day. Mexico’s Independence Day lands all the way over on September 16th. Though it sounds similar to the Fourth of July, Independence Day for the U.S., it’s nowhere near the same celebration. You’re partying to the tune of a battle won against the well-armed French armies under Napoleon. In 1862, the underdogs, the under-manned Mexican army, defended their land from the French. This battle, the Batalla de Puebla, came to symbolize unity, strength, and bravery in the face of oppression.

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Cinco de Drinko: Boston Edition!

America being the multi-cultural melting pot of diversity and tolerance that it is, ensures that just about any international holiday is cause for celebration. Want to get wild and hit the bubbly for Bastille Day (July 14th)—done! Or perhaps, you prefer to get explicit and do some “ouzo-bombs” in honor of Greek Independence Day (March 25th). Whatever the occasion, America is the undisputed facilitator of revelry—especially in concerns to our dear neighbors in Mexico!

Though undoubtedly muddled in the memory banks of countless Americans, the actual history of Cinco de Mayo has taken a backseat to the margaritas, tequila, and salsa specials inherently associated with it. Though what better way to commemorate the unlikely Mexican victory over the French (circa 1862) than with some good old fashioned debauchery?

BAR CRAWLS
Cinco de Drinko: The Ultimate Bar Crawl!

America being the multi-cultural melting pot of diversity and tolerance that it is, ensures that just about any international holiday is cause for celebration. Want to get wild and hit the bubbly for Bastille Day (July 14th)—done! Or perhaps, you prefer to get explicit and do some “ouzo-bombs” in honor of Greek Independence Day (March 25th). Whatever the occasion, America is the undisputed facilitator of revelry—especially in concerns to our dear neighbors in Mexico!

Though undoubtedly muddled in the memory banks of countless Americans, the actual history of Cinco de Mayo has taken a backseat to the margaritas, tequila, and salsa specials inherently associated with it. Though what better way to commemorate the unlikely Mexican victory over the French (circa 1862) than with some good old fashioned debauchery?

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Cinco de TEQA!

Last Thursday, I had the chance to visit the Murray Hill hotspot TEQA for their Cinco de Mayo celebration. The upscale Mexican restaurant/tequileria stands out in what is usually a post-college frat boy bar scene. Hosting the celebratory event was Mario Lopez, along with his girlfriend Courtney Mazza (I guess Jesse Spano was home studying, still trying to top Zach's unheralded 1502 on the SATs).

Later on in the night, Real Housewives of New York star Kelly Bensimon celebrated her birthday with friends, including fellow housewife and newest cast addition Cindy Barshop. Kelly was graciously greeted with her favorite treat, three huge glass displays filled with jelly beans. TEQA also presented the reality TV star with a special birthday cake made by Brooklyn staple "Made in Heaven Cakes."