Cinco De Mayo, translated as ‘5th of May’, is an annual celebration observed in areas of the United States and Mexico; and one of Rad’s top worldwide festivals in May. Commemorating the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, the day is often celebrated with ceremonial events such as military parades and battle reenactments. Often mistaken for Mexico’s independence day, Cinco De Mayo is in fact, only celebrated in the Mexican city of Puebla; where the unlikely victory against France occurred. A range of festivities take place throughout the state capital, however, the celebration is not nationwide.
The Cinco de Mayo Parade is one of many events that occur throughout the annual celebration. A civic parade with over 20,000 participants features everyone from school children to members of the military, as well as a number of floats. The International Mole Festival is a new addition to the historic tradition. Held for the first time in 2012 as part of the Cinco De Mayo festivities in Puebla, the event celebrates mole poblano; a unique version of a spicy/sweet and rich sauce from Puebla. The festival features culinary discussions, exhibitions and even tastings; and is lead by regional, national and international chefs.
Cinco De Mayo is celebrated annually in the Mexican city of Puebla. The UNESCO World Heritage site is the fourth largest city in Mexico, and located just a few hours from the nation’s capital; Mexico City. The Cinco de Mayo Parade, one of many official celebrations, often takes place along Boulevard Cinco de Mayo.
The nearest major airport is Mexico City Airport, located approximately two hours west of Puebla City. Continuous buses operate between Mexico City and Puebla, directly from Benito Juarez International Airport. Buses are also available from other major cities and towns, such as Oaxaca, Veracruz and Xalapa.
Travelling around Puebla and neighbouring areas is easy thanks to the frequent public transport system. A number of buses are available throughout the city, and the main bus terminal offers affordable trips to nearby cities and attractions. The Puebla-Cholula Tourist Train offers a direct 40-minute route between the city and the popular attraction and is both bicycle and wheelchair accessible. Taxis are also a popular, safe and affordable option to get around the city.
To celebrate an authentic Cinco De Mayo experience in Mexico, visitors should definitely stay in the city of Puebla. A number of accommodation options are available, ranging from hotels to Airbnbs. You can explore a range of affordable nearby options below.
A number of attractions and must-do activities are available throughout the historical centre of Puebla. A visit to Puebla should definitely kick off with a walking tour of the city, where visitors can explore the World Heritage site. Tour starting points often take place in The Zocalo, the main city square that features green spaces, statues and monuments. Popular attractions include the Palafoxian Library – the oldest public library in the Americas; and The Rosary Chapel in Santo Domingo – a stunning 15th-century church. Frequented museums include the Amparo Museum, the Baroque Museum and the Religious Art Museum in the Former Convent of Santa Monica,
Located just a few hours from Mexico City, Puebla lies near the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes. It is also a short ride away from Cholula, the world’s largest pyramid; which is partly hidden inside a mountain and features a church at the top.
Puebla is also one of the most recommended places to purchase Talavera Poblana. While purchasing the unique pottery is almost unavoidable, visitors can also take part in official Talavera workshops; where master artisans can showcase the unique creation process.
With so many events and traditions celebrated, your Cinco De Mayo schedule is sure to be stacked. We’ve put together Rad’s Cinco De Mayo 2019 bucket list to help you have the ultimate authentic experience in Puebla.
Sample Mole Poblano & Chiles en Nogada – Make sure to sample some authentic Mole Poblano; a unique version of a traditional spicy/sweet sauce from the city of Puebla. Another popular local dish is Chiles en nogada; poblano chillis filled with a mixture of shredded meat, aromatics, fruits and spices. This dish is a source of pride for the locals in Puebla and should definitely be sampled during your visit.
Drink Pulque – Instead of your typical Mexican celebration with Tequila, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated by drinking a central Mexican beverage called Pulque. The distinctive alcoholic drink is made from the fermented sap of the agave plant, and has a relatively low alcohol content. Make sure to try this traditional drink while you celebrate.
Attend the Parade – Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with large parades throughout the city, featuring locals dressed up as soldiers; as well as a range of dancers. The parade is an essential part of the festivities and should definitely not be missed.
Cinco De Mayo is celebrated annually on the 5th of May.
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