Celebrate San Diego’s ethnic diversity
Any time is right for celebrating San Diego’s ethnic diversity. But May presents us with a triptych – a chance to join the city’s Mexican, Italian and Portuguese communities as they celebrate their heritage.
The month kicks off with Cinco de Mayo, a holiday that salutes Mexican culture and commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. For San Diegans, it’s another excuse to celebrate frosty lime-infused margaritas, salted salsa-dipped tortilla chips and strolling mariachis.
Party central is Old Town, where the 28th annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo will kick off at 5 PM Friday, May 4, and continue through 5 PM on Sunday, May 6. Organizers say the bash will be the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border, with three stages featuring live entertainment, including interactive family friendly fun. Norteno, Flamenco and traditional mariachi groups have been booked to perform. Between acts, more than 20 Old Town restaurants will be offering sizzling Mexican specialties – including, of course, an array of perfectly chilled margaritas. Learn more at FiestaOldTown.com.
Stay tuned for more on Little Italy’s Sicilian Festival on May 20 – and the Portuguese Festa set for May 25-27.