Visit San Antonio for Cinco de Mayo

May 5th, or Cinco de Mayo as it's called in Spanish, is the day that Mexico obtained its independence. While the events and celebrations are large in Mexico, because of the cultural variety and mixing, they are also huge all over Texas. San Antonio is one city where the number and assortment of festivities is huge.

Downtown's Market Square is the key party place for Cinco de Mayo. Because this square is principally a Mexican marketplace year-round, it makes sense that it is also the cultural center. The festival consists of music, food, and entertainment, and provides plenty of shops to get a souvenir of the event or the city.

Another fantastic celebration place is Plaza Guadalupe. Music plays from morning through night in this square, and the entertainment is family-centered. The vivid colors, sounds, and cheers will make you want to be part of the celebration as well. The celebration is free of charge, and is a very popular vacation spot on Cinco de Mayo.

Memorial Library houses a Latino organization of folk dance, and on Cinco de Mayo, this location will come to life. Situated on the campus of St. Mary's University, this center provides traditional folk dancing all year, but on Cinco de Mayo, the dancing explodes as dancers from all over Texas arrive here to celebrate. If you like to observe or even take part in dancing, make sure you come here on this festive day.

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