Break out the tequila shots, Cinco de Mayo has arrived! Sure it’s not the “official” Mexican Independence Day (that, of course, is September 16), but around the country May 5th has become an early summer pastime filled with mariachi music, frozen margaritas, and cultural celebrations. And this year, plenty of celebs are joining in on the festivities.
Based on Mexico’s victory at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, Cinco de Mayo has literally taken on a life of its own. Celebrated more in the U.S. than in its country of origin, the festive holiday has gone on to include celebrations at the White House and recognition from prominent Latino leaders like César Chávez.
This year, several high-profile Latinos are making sure they join in on the fun too. Mario Lopez will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo gala at the L.A. hotspot Teqa. Promising an agave-harvesting demo and plenty of margarita pitchers, it’s expected to be a top-notch event.
Over in Las Vegas, you can party with Chelsea Handler’s little buddy Chuy Bravo. He’ll be hosting an exclusive “Cinco de Chuy” party at the Venetian’s club Tao. And if you want to buddy up with an old school Latin star, you can join Erik Estrada at the Luxor for his “CHiPs and Salsa Fiesta.” No word on whether or not he’ll show up in his classic “Ponch” costume.
Washington D.C. Cinco fans may be in for an extra sweet treat. There’s a chance you could run into Eva Longoria, American Ferrera, and Rosario Dawson sipping sangria at the nation’s capital. All three ladies will be meeting with President Barack Obama on May 5 to discuss projects like the National Latino Museum.
And for the rest of us who may be spending our Cinco at home, we highly recommend tuning in to Thursday’s edition of Lopez Tonight. As expected, George will have all kinds of Mexico-centric festivities planned and a rumored “surprise announcement” from guest Carlos Santana.
What are your big plans for Cinco de Mayo? Sound off in the comments or @MTV3.
By Michael Lopez