Happy Cinco de Mayo, Miami


It’s May 5th. Toast margaritas and celebrate all things Mexican. The holiday, by the way, has nothing to do with Mexican independence nor Corona (historically, anyway). Cinco de Mayo is actually the celebration of Mexican heritage and pride in the U.S., but it dates back to1862 when Mexico prevailed victorious over France in the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Try to remember that after a few shots of Don Julio, of which you will most likely find in Miami at these events.

Given the French/Mexican War, we’re glad the two cultures could put their difference aside for the new French Connection opening party on Lincoln Road tonight. Expect free drinks, catering from Rosa Mexicano, 20 percent off full-price merch and tunes. The party starts at 5 and goes to 7. Be sure to wear your sombrero.

Find French Connection at 643 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.

For the more artsy Fifth of May experience, head over to ArtCenter/ South Florida for the Cinco De Mayo Celebration for Winning Art! The official raffle drawing gets underway tonight with a Mexican-themed party. Festivities include pinatas, tequila and rum, raffle drawings and a silent auction. Raffle tickets are $20. The party gets started at 7. Be sure to wear your sombrero and maybe a poncho, too.

Find ArtCenter/ South Florida at 800 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.

Or, if you prefer to learn a thing of two while you’re taking in your tequila, make your way to the MAM Contemporaries Social tonight from 6 to 9. The event features 10×10 Miami with the city’s up-and-coming and most influential speaking on why they do what they do. They’ll also be a tequila bar by Tequila Cazadores and music by Scratch DJ Academy. The event is free for MAM members and $10 for non-members. Pretty cheap for local ed and drinks. Be sure to wear your sombrero, poncho and bring your maracas.

Find MAM at 101 W. Flagler St. Miami.

Happy Cinco de Mayo. Ole!