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Day 357: Cinco De Mayo

Cinco de Mayo in Pasadena

I think its safe to say that anyone who lives in Southern California knows that today is a day for celebration in the Mexican and Latino communities.

But do you know what it is that is celebrated on Cinco de Mayo?

Well lets start off day 357 of 365 Things To Do in Pasadenaâ„¢ with a little history lesson.

No, it is NOT a celebration of Mexican Independence Day. Instead, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over the French forces at the Battle of Puebla.

The victory is primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla and here in the U.S., over the years it has become a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

Mexicans and Latinos living in California during the American Civil War are credited with being the first to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the U.S.

Ok now that we’ve had our history lesson, let the celebration begin! 😉

Here are a few places in Pasadena that are having special Cinco de Mayo celebrations:

Villa Sorriso – Old Pasadena

Villa Sorriso Pasadena

Come join in the celebration taking place at Villa Sorriso in Old Pasadena! The fiesta kicks off at 6:00 pm. They will be offering $1 Tacos, $2 Draft beers and other specials throughout the night. There will live music and comedic host Benny Mena, it should make for a great outing. This is a 21 and over event.


Mijares Mexican Restaurant – Pasadena

Cinco de Mayo celebrations

Head over the for their Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Days taking place Thursday, May 5th and running through Saturday, May 7th.

This year marks their  90th Cinco de Mayo celebration!

Enjoy a Fiesta Special Buffet in Jecusita’s Banquet Room.

There will be Mariachi’s, pinatas, drink specials, raffles, prizes and much more! Be sure to come dressed in your Mexican Fiesta clothes. 🙂

This event will take place at the Mijares, Palmetto Dr. location only.


We wish you all a safe and fun Cinco de Mayo celebration!

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