May 5th is Cinco de Mayo a celebration of everything Mexican. What started out as a commemoration of the Mexican army’s short lived victory over French forces in 1862 has pretty much morphed into a modern day yearly fiesta.
Its a great excuse to dress up and go out, cook up some amazing Mexican cuisine for family and friends, or go out to a Mexican restaurant.
If you love going out to dine, Yelp has a great list of the most popular Mexican Restaurants in the Vancouver BC area.
I also found a few big events celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.
On Friday May 8th at the Commodore Ballroom is Lucha Libre: A Night of Mexican Wrestling which bills itself as the “biggest fiesta of the year in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.” Masked ECCW (Elite Championship Canadian Wrestling) luchadores will delight fans with a full evening of high flying, rapid sequence matches, plus a few colourful surprises along the way.
If adrenaline sports gets you going, Skydive Vancouver has an annual Cinco de Mayo skydiving event all day on Saturday May 2nd in Abbotsford which includes a mustache contest, tacos and mojitos. Although I wonder how your mustache stays on?
If dancing is more your thing, Celebrities Nightclub on Davie Street is hosting a Cinco de Mayo “extravaganza” on Tuesday May 5th billed as the “spiciest” Cinco De Mayo celebration to date. They are offering prizes for Biggest Sombrero; Most Outrageous Moustache; and the Group with Most Matching Ponchos.
Another fun dancing event is a weekly Saturday night Salsa & Latin dance night featuring Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cha-cha-cha, Cumbia & more… hosted by the Hot Salsa Dance Zone at various locations including Vancouver, Coquitlam, Surrey and New Westminster. They even offer dance classes!
If you just want to stay home there are lots of great easy Mexican recipes on the internet that can be made in 20 minutes. Go to your local dollar store and see what they have with a Latin theme to make your dinner extra spicy and fun.
Have fun and Happy Cinco de Mayo!
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