Cinco de Mayo 2018 in Chicago

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Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not a commemoration of Mexico’s Independence Day. A group of Mexican-Americans and Latinos in California first celebrated Cinco de Mayo during the American Civil War. Though the celebrants dedicated... ... read more

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Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not a commemoration of Mexico’s Independence Day. A group of Mexican-Americans and Latinos in California first celebrated Cinco de Mayo during the American Civil War. Though the celebrants dedicated the day to Mexican culture and history, Cinco de Mayo was unique to the United States.

Over the years, Cinco de Mayo has become one of the rowdiest holidays on the American calendar, spanning far beyond the country’s Mexican and Latino populations. There’s no better example of the mariachi madness that takes place once a year in May than Cinco de Mayo Chicago 2018.

Chicago is home to one of the country’s largest Mexican populations, who, together with other Second City citizens of all kinds, head to Cinco de Mayo parties across the city and down shots of Jose Cuervo at boisterous, loosely-themed Mexican bars like Moe’s Cantina in River North.

The Chicago Cinco de Mayo Parade offers a more cultural, family friendly option as far as Cinco de Mayo parties go, boasting marchers from various local marching bands, Chicago-area organizations, and political offices. The parade also includes live music, food vendors, and a fiesta atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the city.  

Though some historians cite the unlikely Mexican Army victory over the invading French on May 5th, 1862 as the basis of Cinco de Mayo celebrations, margarita-ed up Chicagoans will argue the holiday is as American as the Fourth of July. 

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