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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Texas Hill Country!

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With vibrant and colorful festivals, profuse amounts of celebration, and the best in Latin-American and Tejano music, Cinco de Mayo (aka the 5th of May) is an historic moment that does not go un-noted in the Texas Hill Country – in particular, the cities of Austin and San Antonio, where combined, over 34% of the population self-identifies as having Latino or Hispanic ancestry.

The History



Cinco de Mayo is observed in commemoration of the Mexican army’s unexpected victory over France in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). Over the course of time, this date and its various forms of recognition have evolved to become a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture, including parades, street fairs, festivals and more.

Celebrating in Austin



Austin’s Cinco de Mayo Festival has become an annual 2-day outdoor party taking place in the stunning backdrop of Fiesta Gardens. This well-known and well-attended event features a variety of Tejano music and bands, coupled with authentic Mexican as well as Mexican-American cuisine. Guests are invited to bring their lawn chairs to this all-ages celebration to relax in between sampling all of the great food and getting up to dance the day away!

Celebrating in Kyle



For those a little further south of Austin, the Hays Fiesta is being held in Kyle at the Central Texas Speedway on Saturday, May 7. This festival includes great music and food, dancing, fashion, art displays and much more. Serving the Latino and Hispanic youth through the celebration and preservation of heritage, proceeds from the Hays Fiesta benefit not only the continuity of the event itself, but also Hays Mariachi Scholarships as well as other worthwhile community programs. This year features performances by Mariachi groups traditional dancers and Tejano bands, as well as games and prizes and fun things for the kids!

Celebrating in San Antonio


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