It happens every year on the 5th of May, and itís one of the biggest parties of the year, and the biggest party for Las Vegasí large Hispanic population. You donít have to be from Mexico or South America to have a great time though.
Cinco De Mayo celebrates the victory of the Mexican Militia over the French Army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862. Often it is confused for Mexican Independence Day. Mexico won its Independence in 1821, but France, using the excuse of debts and a desire to expand its empire, they wished to establish rule in Mexico and Cinco De Mayo celebrates Mexicoís victory over France.
The most important thing to know about Cinco De Mayo is that you want to find a great Mexican Bar and drink some Tequila. Here are some good options:
Pink Taco in the Hard
McFaddenís at Rio... Yeah itís usually an Irish Pub, but they throw a great party for Cinco De Mayo.
Lindo Michoacan on Desert Inn.
Diabloís Cantina in the Monte Carlo.
Agave Restaurant on West Charleston.
Taqueria Canonita in the Venetian.
Diego Mexican Cuisine inside MGM Grand.
Isla Tequila Bar in TI.
Most casinos on the Strip and Downtown will have something going on for Cinco De Mayo. It is always a good idea to book ahead of time when coming to Las Vegas in the summer, but Hotels should have rooms.