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Ten Great Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With Mexican Cuisine and Margaritas

Cinco de Mayo is an often misunderstood holiday. No, Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of Mexico's Independence Day — that would be September 16. Instead, the holiday traditionally celebrates the  Mexican army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In the U.S., the holiday has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and, for better or worse, a day to throw back tequila, Tecate and tacos for the masses. Whether you want to keep it traditional or celebrate Cinco with a twist, here are diez places offering up tasty specials to sink your teeth into.     

10. Adelitas Cocina y Cantina
1294 South Broadway Street
Adelitas has won our Best House Margarita award for three years running, so you know it's a great place to throw a few back for Cinco de Mayo. The restaurant will celebrate the holiday with food and drink specials from Thursday through Sunday, and the cantina will also have a mariachi band from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. Get all the details and make reservations by calling Adelitas at 303-778-1294.

9. Centro Latin Kitchen 
950 Pearl Street, Boulder
Celebrate Centro de Mayo at Centro Latin Kitchen, where you can grab Suerte Margs for $5 all day and the restaurant will have live music by Son Tres from 3 to 6 p.m. Head over to Centro's Facebook page for more information.  
8. Civic Center Park 
Broadway and Colfax Avenue

If you can't make it out on Thursday night for the actual holiday, you can still celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend at the 29th annual Cinco De Mayo Denver festival. Head down to Civic Center Park on May 7 and 8 for a celebration of Latino culture featuring food, live music, dancing, Chihuahua races, a taco-eating contest and crafts vendors. The festivities kick off with a parade around the park at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7. Entrance to Cinco de Mayo Denver is free; get all the details here.  

7. La Loma
2527 West 26th Avenue
If you haven't heard yet, longtime Jefferson Park staple La Loma is pulling up roots from its current location, where it has been for more than thirty years, and moving downtown at the end of June. That means that you have one last chance to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the restaurant's current location. For the occasion, the restaurant will feature a Mexi-Flag Marg, designed to look like the tri-color Mexican flag. The patriotic potable features strawberry purée, La Loma's signature frozen margarita, and a float of Midori melon liquor. Also offered are $6 shots of barrel-aged Don Julio Reposado tequila. For more information, check out La Loma's Facebook page.  

6. La Sandia
8340 Northfield Boulevard, 303-373-9100
8419 South Park Meadows Center Drive, 303-586-5511
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, La Sandia Park Meadows will be serving a COLOrita for one day only. For $9.95, the COLOrita delivers Silver Arta Tequila, a Blue Curaçao-spiked house margarita recipe, a red-dyed pineapple slice and a yellow cherry to resemble the Colorado flag. Additionally, both La Sandia locations — Park Meadows and Northfield Stapleton — will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an all-night happy hour, which will include $5 margaritas and $3 tacos. The specials at Park Meadows will run from 2 p.m. to close, and Northfield’s will run from 4 p.m. to close.

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