Tacos, piñatas, fiestas, oh my! Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and Detroit has everything you need to party!
Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, does not celebrate Mexican Independence Day. Rather, it celebrates the day Mexico defeated France in the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.
Whether you are of Mexican heritage or simply want to have a good time, downtown Detroit is the place to be. With its proximity to Mexican Village in Southwest Detroit, there is sure to be something to do for you and the entire family.
If you’re looking for an event for family-friendly fun, or even a night out on the town, here are some events that are happening in the downtown Detroit or Southwest Detroit areas:
After5 Detroit, a website dedicated to young professionals and things to do in the city, is hosting a family-friendly block party. Willis Street, home of Alley Taco (418 W. Willis), will be shut down on Cinco de Mayo from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.. This event is packed full of live music, games and food, and is also FREE!
If you are looking for something especially for adults, also hosted by After5 Detroit is a Salsa Dance Party. Award-winning Latin dancer Mambo Marci will host an early dance lesson followed by an open dance session with live music from the Wesley Reynoso Afro-Latin Ensemble. Located at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (3711 Woodward Ave.), tickets are $15 for general admission and $40 for the V.I.P experience. There will also be food and drink specials during the dance party. The fun begins at 9:00 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.
On Sunday, May 6, is the 54th annual Cinco de Mayo parade. Beginning at the Patton Park/Recreation Center area in Southwest Detroit (2301 Woodmere) and ending at Clark Park (1130 Clark Ave.) is sure to entertain the whole family. Hosted by the Mexican Patriotic Committee de Metro Detroit, the parade will begin at noon. The roughly three-mile route will feature floats dedicated to Latino culture along with school band performances.
What’s a Cinco de Mayo celebration without the classic Mexican eats? Some restaurants are even offering special discounts on food and drinks. Here’s a list of just a few restaurants that will be “muy caliente.”
Armando’s is a staple in Southwest Detroit. Located at 4242 W. Vernor Highway, Armando’s is always festive for the Cinco de Mayo holiday. The restaurant provides unlimited chips and salsa along with its other menu items. You can take the family or go with friends as it’s sure to be a good time with Mexican cerveza, and who could forget the margaritas?
Loco’s Tex-Mex Grille (454 E. Lafayette Blvd.) in Greektown is known for its Cinco de Mayo celebrations. In previous years, there have been taco eating contests as well as piñatas filled with adult goodies! While this year’s celebrations seem to be a bit of a mystery, Loco’s Cinco de Mayo celebrations are geared toward adult crowds.
Although it does not serve strictly authentic Mexican food, Calexico (1040 Woodward Ave.) is one of downtown Detroit’s popular restaurants. With a Tex-Mex flair, Calexico has quickly made a positive impact on Detroiters. Deriving its name from an area between California and Mexico, this restaurant will surely be buzzing for Cinco de Mayo.
With the resurgence of the downtown Detroit area, what better way to show off the city and celebrate the Mexican holiday? Although there will be events happening all over the Metro Detroit area, there will be no better place to party than the Southwest and downtown Detroit areas.
Where will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year? Let us know in the comments below!