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 Fiesta Red Mesa Cantina  128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg

One full day of drink specials, live music, raffles and multiple themed bars starting at 11 am

Cinco De Mayo Latin American Celebration Vinoy Park 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg starting at 11 am

The waterfront park wakes up with a Latin flair in festival with live music, dancing on giant outdoor dance floor, Latin dance lessons, a show car and monster truck display, and the Dos Equis beer garden. Food trucks with an array of Latin cuisine for sale from Mexican to Cuba … $10 advance, $13 at the gate, 11 and younger free.

Cinco De Mayo Street Festival and Dance Party Casa Tina  365 Main St., Dunedin, 34698 starts at 11 am

Dress as your favorite Latin character and get out to downtown Dunedin’s annual street festival with a costume contest, Salsa dancing and lessons, a giant puppet parade of 20-foot tall puppets, music by Orquesta Infinidad, Mariachi singer Lily Cortes and Cory McHugh.

Bonnie Raitt Palladium Theater 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg at 4 pm ( I know not Latina but still one of my all-time favorites!)

Jackie Bristow opens for Raitt’s 2013 New Zealand “Slipstream” tour. $20 in advance;$25 on event day.

Cinco de Mayo in the Gardens Bok Tower Gardens 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales

Cinco de Mayo celebration in the gardens with a Latin-themed concert featuring the carillon accompanied by a six-piece trumpet ensemble, authentic Mexican food and drinks. $5 per carload