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Ten Fresh Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo this Year

07:00 April 26, 2024
By: Eliana Sarfati-Magill

Cinco de Mayo in NOLA

Cinco de Mayo has become a day to eat tacos and sip fresh margaritas, but it's origins are rooted in American Latinx history. Participate in some true cultural appreciation this Cinco de Mayo by supporting local Latinx businesses, enjoying delicious cuisine, and celebrating with the local NOLA community at some of these great events and spaces.

Here are 10 ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year.

1. Cinco de Mayo Fest in Metairie

3720 Hessmer Ave., Metairie


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The annual Cinco de Mayo event at Fat City Park in Metairie, hosted by Los Jefes Grill, will be a taco-indulging afternoon. The event will kick off at 4 p.m. and run until 10 p.m.

There will be performances by Mannie Fresh, the Mexican OT, Partners-n-Crime, and more. This two day fest will start on Saturday and lead into Sunday for actual the Cinco de Mayo day. Tickets start at $35 for single day passes.

2. Felipe's Cinco de Mayo

Multiple Locations


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Felipe's Taqueria is a local classic for fresh Mexican food all year round and Cinco de Mayo is surely no exception. Each year on Cinco de Mayo, Felipe's has served fresh margaritas and hot food while diners enjoy music and the celebratory atmosphere of the restaurant.

Each of the three NOLA locations will have live music in the evening including La Tran-K Band, Will Dickerson, and Emily Nelson. Make sure to visit Felipe's website for a full lineup.

3. Tacos del Cartel

2901 David Dr., (504) 381-5063


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Tacos Del Cartel, a staple Mexican restaurant in Metairie, is gearing up to host crowds of taco lovers this Cinco de Mayo. Come order their unique and creative array of tacos and sip on a refreshing margarita while enjoying this restaurant's festive ambience.

Tacos del Cartel is a great way to celebrate the versatility of Mexican cuisine. They will also be serving some exciting specials and offering fun games for those looking to spice up their day.

4. Norma's Sweets Bakery

Multiple Locations


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Feel like celebrating a sweet Cinco de Mayo responsibly at home? Norma's Sweets Bakery, located on Bienville Avenue and in Kenner, has been home to some of the best tres leches cake in town.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home after picking up on of Norma's cake, which can be enjoyed by the whole family. This Honduran bakery will not disappoint!

5. Ideal Market

Multiple Locations


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Want to try making Mexican specialties in your own kitchen? Then visit Ideal Market for all your meat, seafood, and produce needs.

With locations all over Greater New Orleans, Ideal Market provides one-stop shopping for cooking your own Cinco de Mayo meal. This supermarket has a wide range of fresh and delicious ingredients that are perfect for whipping up some delicious food at home.

6. Margarita Mayhem

Culture Park NOLA, 3000 Franklin Ave.


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This year is the 10th annual Margarita Mayhem, bringing a diverse array of what makes Cinco de Mayo so well loved to one location. The festivities will take place at Culture Park NOLA, where crowds will congregate to dance, drink, and eat tacos.

Doors will open at 3 p.m. Tickets start at just $20 for advanced tickets to enjoy this day of celebration.

7. Indulge Pool Party

710 Poland Ave.,


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Indulge Poll Party is perfect for those looking for a full on Cinco de Mayo daytime bash. The party is 21+ and will kick off at 3 p.m.

Partygoers should come ready with swim suits so that they can sip margaritas and keep cool in the pool. There will be two for one margaritas all day, tacos, and hookah for all to enjoy.

8. Juan's Flying Burrito

Multiple Locations


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Juan's Flying Burrito is the perfect place to stop by for anyone craving a generous portion of delicious Mexican food. They offer fully loaded nachos, hefty burritos, and anything else you could be craving for Cinco de Mayo.

Juan's has a great range of tequilas to taste and their bartenders know what they're doing when it comes to shaking them up into refreshing margaritas. Try a refreshing frozen margarita or spice things up with a Caliente.

9. Barracuda

Multiple Locations


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Barracuda is so much more than a simple taco stand. They serve fresh food made with great ingredients to hungry people everyday. This is a great spot to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and enjoy some fresh air in their spacious outdoor patio.

Barracuda also serve delicious margaritas with a fruit of the moment flavor that never disappoints. Order margs by the glass or pitcher; it's sure to be a great day.

10. Carreta's Grill

Multiple Locations,


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Carreta's Grill first opened in 1999 and has been serving delicious authentic Mexican food ever since. Come here to get all your favorite classics in a festive setting.

With locations in Metairie, Covington, and Harahan, Carreta's has all bases covered when it comes to celebrating Cinco de Mayo in the Greater New Orleans area.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo

No matter how you choose to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, take the time to learn about this incredible culture and appreciate all it has to offer. Be respectful in all your celebrations and enjoy a fresh margarita responsibly. Cheers to Cinco de Mayo, and cheers to all the great ways NOLA has to celebrate it!

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