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The first (and most obvious) place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is in Puebla, Mexico, where the battle first took place. In Puebla, you can experience a reenactment of the Battle of Puebla, followed by a wild street party with food and music. If you have kids, you’re in luck: Puebla is one of the most family-friendly Cinco de Mayo celebrations around. Hit the parade with extravagant floats and then follow the mariachi band that marches through town. And as if street tacos, mariachi bands, and parades weren’t enough, Puebla added their International Mole Festival to the Cinco de Mayo line-up in 2012.

The first (and most obvious) place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is in Puebla, Mexico, where the battle first took place. In Puebla, you can experience a reenactment of the Battle of Puebla, followed by a wild street party with food and music. If you have kids, you’re in luck: Puebla is one of the most family-friendly Cinco de Mayo celebrations around. Hit the parade with extravagant floats and then follow the mariachi band that marches through town. And as if street tacos, mariachi bands, and parades weren’t enough, Puebla added their International Mole Festival to the Cinco de Mayo line-up in 2012.

The first (and most obvious) place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is in Puebla, Mexico, where the battle first took place. In Puebla, you can experience a reenactment of the Battle of Puebla, followed by a wild street party with food and music. If you have kids, you’re in luck: Puebla is one of the most family-friendly Cinco de Mayo celebrations around. Hit the parade with extravagant floats and then follow the mariachi band that marches through town. And if street tacos, mariachi bands, and parades weren’t enough, Puebla added their International Mole Festival to the Cinco de Mayo line-up in 2012, and we are here for it.

The first (and most obvious) place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is in Puebla, Mexico, where the battle first took place. In Puebla, you can experience a reenactment of the Battle of Puebla, followed by a wild street party with food and music. If you have kids, you’re in luck: Puebla is one of the most family-friendly Cinco de Mayo celebrations around. Hit the parade with extravagant floats and then follow the mariachi band that marches through town. As if street tacos, mariachi bands, and parades aren’t enough, in 2012 Puebla added their world-famous International Mole Festival (AKA, foodie heaven) to the Cinco de Mayo line-up, and we are here for it.

Puebla, the place where it all started, is the setting for the historical battleground that was won by Mexico on May 5th in 1862. This gorgeous Mexican city lights up on Cinco de Mayo every year, with historical reenactments, noteworthy speeches, and plenty of parades. You can be sure to have a busy and meaningful itinerary in this sunny destination. Puebla is the fourth largest city in Mexico, boasting plenty of exciting attractions from world-class museums to delicious and affordable Mexican cuisine.

Hailed by foodies as the country’s culinary capital, Puebla huddles under the snow-mantled Pico de Orizaba that crashes through the clouds southeast of Mexico City. The preserved historic center here is a crisscrossing grid of cobbled lanes and low-rise buildings, often fronted by traditional Talavera tiles where Puebla does its best Porto impression. On the Zocalo square (the main plaza), you can wander between packs of jacarandas and palms watching the world go by. Look up from there and you’ll spy the brownstone towers and filigrees of Puebla Cathedral (dating from the 1500s). Or, you might catch the Los Fuertes citadel, a flashpoint in the 1982 wars between Mexico and France, that sits atop the hazy Cerro de Guadalupe.

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  • Best Cities For Cinco De Mayo Festivities

    It's that time of year again! We are so ready for colorful parades adorned with massive floats, family-friendly fun during the day, and bottomless margaritas at night. Throughout the continent, cities take to the street to celebrate the culture and history of Latin America. Whether you are looking to enjoy fresh street food while watching mariachi bands or enjoy an authentic reenactment of the battle that caused it all these destinations have something for every traveler. So let's get into the party zone and jump into the top cities to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year.

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    On May 5, 1862, Mexico celebrated a history-making victory over France in the Battle of Puebla. This win was a source of great pride for Mexico— and for those of Mexican descent around the world. It’s believed that Cinco de Mayo was first celebrated in America just one year later in 1863, and today, it’s […]

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