Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Germany

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Germany

by Stacy Roman
Stripes Europe

On Saturday, May 5, Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated at military installations around Germany. Contrary to popular belief, this holiday is not Mexico’s Independence Day (this actually falls on Sept. 16). Cinco de Mayo marks the surprising victory of the Mexican army over the French during the Franco-Mexican War in 1862. Mostly celebrated in the state of Puebla, it is not a federal holiday in Mexico. Much like St. Patrick’s Day, this fiesta is actually more popular in the U.S. than in the original country.

If you’ve been craving authentic (or as close to authentic as you may get) Mexican food, here are some great events near you:

Kaiserslautern

Cinco de Mayo Celebration
May 5, 5 to 10 p.m., Halftime Sports Bar, Landstuhl

Come fiesta at Halftime Sports Bar with tasty street tacos and homemade chips and salsa. Drink specials will be available.

Cinco de Mayo Party
May 6, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Armstrong’s Club, Vogelweh

If you want to keep the party going, stop Armstrong’s on Saturday, May 6. There will be sizzling Latin beats, complimentary chips and salsa and plenty of drink specials.

Stuttgart

Cinco de Mayo Party
May 5, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Irish Pub (Galaxy Entertainment Center), Stuttgart

Who doesn’t love free? The Irish Pub is offering free Nacho Supremes to the first 100 orders! Enjoy the delicious food and festive atmosphere.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
May 5, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., Patch Community Center, Patch Barracks

Limited tickets are available to this fantastic fiesta! Treat yourself to a Mexican buffet including carnitas, savory shredded beef, rice, beans and all of the trimmings. See if you’ve got the right moves in the salsa dance contest, or test your taste buds at the chili pepper eating contest.

Wiesbaden

Cinco de Mayo Celebration
May 5, all-day long, Wiesbaden Entertainment Center

Party all day at the bowling alley! Enjoy five games of bowling for $5, compete for the top spot in the dance contest, and snack on tasty treats.

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