VIVACinco de Mayo is celebrated throughout the USA as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. In Mexico, it is primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla-The Day of the Battle of Puebla. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the highly outnumbered Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. The French army had not defeated in almost 50 years!! Viva Mexico!MEXICO!!

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day , which is Sept 16th, and the most important national holiday in Mexico.    Zocalo, Mexico City 01-2012

Cinco de Mayo Men’s Open Water Polo Tournament

Saturday, May 5 at 8 a.m.

        North Shore Pool 901 North Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg    Thunder Water Polo and the U.S. Air Force host the annual tournament with 12 teams from across the country and Puerto Rico. Each team is guaranteed to play four games. $300 per team, Spectators free.

Cinco de Mayo at Estela’s

Saturday, May 5 at 11 a.m.

            Estela’s Mexican Restaurant  10478 Roosevelt Blvd. N, St. Petersburg FL  Estela’s St. Pete celebrates Cinco de Mayo by throwing a DJ dance party with prizes, giveaways, food and drink specials. No cover.

Cinco de Mayo Block Party

Saturday, May 5 at 11 a.m.

    Push Ultra Lounge  128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg FL   This year’s party is bigger and moves outdoors with DJ dancing, a dunk tank, drink special and expanded hours. It all starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 3 a.m. Free.

Cinco de Mayo at the Pier

Saturday, May 5 at noon

    Jonny Reno’s  The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg FL  party with donkey excursions, music by DJ Rob Morey, food, a tequila shack and visits by the Cointreau Girls and the Margaritaville Girls. The fun goes on until midnight.  Free.

Cinco de Mayo at the Library

Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m.

    Clearwater East Library  2251 Drew St., Clearwater  In commemoration of the Battle of Puebla in Mexico on May 5, 1862, when Mexicans were unexpectedly victorious over invading French forces, the library is throwing a party with traditional Hispanic games, family-friendly music and crafts.

Cinco de Mayo/Kentucky Derby Fiesta!

Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m.

    Daquiri Shak 678 75th Ave., St. Pete Beach FL   Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby festivities results with live music by Billy Agans (2-6 p.m.) and Pitbull Toddler featuring Cowhead from 102.5 “The Bone” (7 p.m.), Kentucky Derby viewing on an outdoor big screen television, a taco eating contest, the “Rubber Duck Horse Race,” the “Sink in de Mayo” cornhole tournament, pinatas for children, food and drink specials. Festivities go on until 2 a.m., but the music stops at 10 p.m.

 Taste of Pinellas: With Sheryl Crow and Ziggy Marley

Saturday, May 5 at 3 p.m.

          Vinoy Park 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg FL 33701St. Petersburg’s annual food and music festival on the waterfront features food and drink from local restaurants like The Hangar, Red Mesa, BellaBrava and others, a beer garden, chef demonstrations, interactive Family Fun Zone with culinary fun and kid-friendly recipes.

            This year’s diverse music lineup includes: Grammy winner Sheryl Crow, power-popsters All-American Rejects, emo forebears Dashboard Confessional, reggae star Ziggy Marley, Nashville wild cards Big and Rich, and country singer Joe Nichols. The Rejects and Dashboard will be performing a special acoustic set.

American Idol

          contestant  Shannon Magrane was just added to the line-up at 3:30 p.m.
          Saturday.  $20 Friday-Saturday, $15 Sunday; $45 for all three days. VIP seating is $150 per person, per day; or $300 for the weekend.

Cinco de Mayo at MacDinton’s

Saturday, May 5 at 4 p.m.

      MacDinton’s Irish Pub St. Petersburg   242 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg   celebrate happy hour with a $15 Corona bar, music, jalapeno eating contest and free sombreros for the first 100 people. $15.

Apron’s Cooking Classes: Cinco de Mayo

Saturday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m.

    Apron’s Cooking School at Publix Supermarket  7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa   Improve your kitchen skills with classes and demonstrations. Celebrate with shredded chicken tamales, smothered pork burrito, other Mexican fare for a fiesta for the taste buds. $40.

Durty Mexican Party

Saturday, May 5 at 9 p.m.

    Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub 149 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg    The Irish at Durty Nelly’s Pub put on their sombreros for a Cinco De Mayo party with Mexican themed drink specials and a costume contest with prizes for most creative, sexiest and funniest Mexican costumes.