It's Cinco De Mayo Time! Check Out Some Fun Facts About This Fantástico Fiesta

Our Mexican restaurant is gearing up to throw the best Cinco de Mayo party at the Lake of Ozarks! Since it falls on a Saturday this year, everyone has the freedom of a weekend to celebrate as hard as they like with us at Mexicali Blues, with an entire day on Sunday to "recover." (Because you'll be tired from dancing all night long, of course!) 

Fiesta at Mexicali Blues
As you may already know, we love to have fun every day at Mexicali Blues, but on Cinco de Mayo, we turn up the fun factor as high as it can possibly go, and then add one more notch to that! Beginning at 11 am on Saturday, May 5, 2018, we'll have incredible food, drink, and shot specials in store for you, and those specials will be going on all day long. 

We'll take the party to the patio at dinnertime with amazing live music from "Cuz I Said So" from 6:30-9:30 pm. There'll be free chips & our famous salsa all around (as usual) plus the best Mexican food and margaritas at the Lake of the Ozarks for you to enjoy. Now that's a recipe for an exciting party, and the only thing we need to add is you!  

Cinco de Mayo Fun Facts
Last week's blog, "The Reason Cinco de Mayo is a Cause For Celebration," filled you in on the history of this holiday. Today, we've got a few interesting fun facts to share about Cinco de Mayo, many of which may be a big surprise to you.

  • It's NOT a federal holiday in Mexico! In reality, it's a relatively minor holiday outside of Puebla and the United States. 
  • Instead, it's a state holiday celebrated with parades, festivals, and reenactments of the Battle of Puebla. 
  • In 1862, Mexican President Benito Juarez made a decree that the city of Puebla be changed to Puebla de Zaragoza to honor General Ignacio Zaragoza, the leader of the troops that defeated the French on Cinco de Mayo. 
  • The holiday gained popularity with U.S. citizens after President Franklin Roosevelt enacted the "Good Neighbor Policy" in 1933 to improve relations with Latin American countries. 
  • President Abraham Lincoln sympathized with Mexico during their war with France but was unable to lend support to our neighboring country until after our own Civil War was over.
  • The city of Los Angeles throws the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration on record. Denver, New York, Phoenix, and Houston throw pretty impressive parties too, but Mexicali Blues in Osage Beach is ready to give them all a run for their money! 
  • According to the California Avocado Commission, about 81 million pounds of avocados are consumed by Americans on Cinco de Mayo every year! Now that's a LOT of guacamole. (We'll be sure to make extra before we open on Saturday!) 
  • Chihuahua races take place in Chandler, AZ every Cinco de Mayo and 2 dogs are crowned king and queen. 

There you go. A few interesting conversation starters to get you going when you come into Mexicali Blues for Cinco de Mayo this Saturday. Make sure you leave plenty of time in your schedule to stick around and hang out with us because once our party gets started, you're not going to want to leave!
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