The Atlanta metropolitan area's Hispanic population is on the upswing, seeing an increase of more than 93 percent since the 2000 Census. With such a large increase in Hispanic residents over the years, it's fitting that Atlanta is home to a variety of Cinco de Mayo events. Cinco de Mayo, which translates to May 5 in English, is celebrated to commemorate Mexico's defeat of France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
According to its website, Fiesta Atlanta is the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the southeast. The festival dates back to 2006. It features live music, free product samples, arts and crafts and Latin cuisine. In 2011, organizers introduced the first-ever Fiesta Atlanta ¿5 Qué? Race/Walk to encourage healthy eating and lifestyle habits within the Hispanic community and to raise money for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. This Cinco de Mayo event in Atlanta takes place downtown in Centennial Olympic Park. Dates vary each year. However, it's always scheduled on or around May 5.
No Mas! Hacienda & Cantina
The Cinco de Mayo celebrations at No Mas! Cantina lasts five days. The celebrations start on May 1 and ends on May 5. The Cinco de Mayo event in downtown Atlanta includes live music, Salsa lessons, giveaways and promotions. On the last day of celebration, the restaurant throws a Cinco de Mayo party in its parking lot to benefit the Castleberry Hill Neighborhood Association. Admission to the party is $15 per person, which includes a commemorative T-shirt.
Virginia Highlands Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Block Party
Since 2007, Pozole Mexican restaurant has hosted the Virginia Highlands Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Block Party in midtown. The Cinco de Mayo event in Atlanta takes place in a parking lot between Pozole and Limerick Junction Irish pub. It features live music, a pinata smashing contest and hot pepper eating contest. Food stations and outdoor beer, margarita and cocktail bars serve up authentic Mexican foods and drinks to guests. Admission is $5.
Since 2009, Rosa Mexicano has hosted a Cinco de Mayo Mexican Masquerade. During this Cinco de Mayo event in Atlanta, people get into the holiday spirit by letting their creative juices flow by wearing masks and costumes. Prizes are awarded to the most creative guests. The free event, which takes place in Atlantic Station in midtown, also includes live music, food and drink specials and free giveaways. Rosa Mexicano is famous for its fresh guacamole which is made table-side. During the Cinco de Mayo celebration, fresh-fruit margaritas are also made right at the table.
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