Cinco de Mayo is so much more than the old “one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor” adage: It’s a holiday that celebrates the Mexican army’s win at the Battle of Puebla, against the French in 1862 (but hey, celebrate it with tequila). In honor of the victory, Mexican restaurants and mezcal bars throw open their doors, usually with food and drink specials throughout the day and, if you’re lucky, live music and full-on parties. Translation? Tacos, margaritas and mariachi bands are about to dominate your weekend. Whether you’re settling in for an afternoon of eating or a morning of on-theme doughnuts from one of the world's premier Latino movie stars, here’s how to tap into your Mexican pride—or, you know, just your love of tequila.
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