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Fiesta for Cinco de Mayo with racing chihuahuas, a margarita bike, music and more in DC – NBC4 Washington

Before you reach for one sombrero for Cinco de Mayo: Do ​​you know the origin of the day?

News4’s Tommy McFly got a history lesson from Mexican Ambassador to the United States Esteban Moctezuma (yes, he said he was related to the Aztec ruler!).

“It’s not just a Mexican celebration, but also an American celebration,” Moctezuma said.

Why? Because Cinco de Mayo celebrates a military victory that, according to Moctezuma, also benefited the United States.

Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s victory over the French Empire during the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. According to Moctezuma, President Abraham Lincoln was relieved that Mexico halted the French advance to its southern border in the middle of the civil war. Then the leaders of the two countries started writing letters to each other.

How should people who aren’t Mexican celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

“Enjoy your family and really remember that Mexico is a very important partner of the United States,” Moctezuma said. “We became the first trading partner.”

Consider yourself invited to a party on May 5 with music, tacos, tequila (enjoy responsibly!) and everything you appreciate about Mexican culture.

Cinco de Mayo in the DC area: What’s happening Friday and Saturday

Running the Chihuahuas
Saturday, 2-5 p.m., The Wharf in Southwest DC, free admission

Look at those little legs! The Wharf’s adorable tradition returns this weekend.

Go for the delightfully cute Chihuahua races, then stay for a pet photo booth, a dog costume contest with adoptable pups, and everything The Wharf has to offer. It’s free and kid-friendly. Dogs not participating in the races are welcome to cheer on their furry friends.

A big crowd shows up for the main event, but you can watch the races on a giant screen.

Proceeds will benefit Rural Dog Rescue and Tommy will serve as emcee!

Bryant Street NE and Bryant Street Market
Fri. to sun.

The Northeast DC area is celebrating Cinco de Mayo all weekend long. Try free salsa dancing outside on Fridays (weather permitting). On Saturday, visit the Dreamer’s Collective Market and enjoy a block party from 3 to 10 p.m.

On the big day, stop by the Metro bar for Taqueria Habanero’s margaritas, beers, mezcal and tequila cocktails, and food. Admission is free with an RSVP. Sol y Rumba, a mariachi band and DJ Kristy La rAt provide the beats. For a more crafty option, return to Bryant Street Market for a piñata-making workshop.

Whitlow’s Derby de Mayo
Sat., 901 U St NW, Washington, DC, free admission

Can’t decide between a Kentucky Derby party and a Cinco party? Do not! Whitlow’s is adding dragon fruit margaritas to its bottomless brunch menu from noon to 3 p.m. All day long you can find frozen Jose Cuervo painkillers, tequila-filled Jell-O shots, and spicy jalapeno and cucumber marries. DJ Killa Beats will turn up the volume on the second floor from 10 p.m

Wear your best sombrero or derby hat and have a chance to win a prize!

Eavesdropping brewery
Fri., Sat. and Sun., 7223 Centerville Rd Suite 115, Manassas, Virginia

The brewery party lasts all weekend with DJs and live music and Mexican food trucks on Friday and Saturday.

Punch Bowl social
Fri., Sat. and Sun., 4238 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1180, Arlington, Virginia, free admission with RSVP

Punch Bowl Social is always a blast with bowling, karaoke and games, but for Cinco de Mayo you can also find $9 margaritas made with Patrόn Silver and free chips and salsa for every table from 5 to 9 p.m.

Sat. and so on., Old Town Alexandria, Mosaic District and Chevy Chase, free admission

The colorful restaurant will put a slightly different spin on Cinco de Mayo at each of its three locations in Virginia and Maryland.

All locations are open from 11am to midnight with special activities. The Chevy Chase and Mosaic parties are more kid-friendly, while Old Town hosts DJ parties in the late afternoon. Here’s an overview of what to expect.

C1NCO Fiesta
Sat., 3pm-8pm, 609 H Street Northeast, Washington, DC, $65-$425

The Skyline 609 Rooftop shows up with live soca, salsa and international music and specialty cocktails.

Cinco de Mayo in the DC area: What’s happening Sunday

Sun, 11am to 11pm, 3704 14th Street NW, free admission

The Petworth restaurant mixes Mexico City street food with Cinco de Mayo. The menu includes $7 classic and strawberry margaritas, $3.50 draft beer, $7 ceviche cups and $3 street tacos. Indoor and outdoor seating is first come, first served, without reservations, and there will be a mariachi band from 7 to 8 p.m.

Casta’s Rum Bar
Sun, 12pm to 4pm, 1121 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC, free admission

A margarita bike that you can pedal to power your own margarita blender is the big draw at this West End restaurant on Cinco de Mayo, but music by DJ Xavi, fun props and specials including $8 tequila shots, $35 margarita pitchers and any beer for $5 will sweeten the deal.

Diablo’s Cantina
Sunday, National Harbor, $75-$95

This Mexican restaurant in National Harbor offers all-you-can-eat Mexican food, a live DJ, tequila tastings, a cigar roller, and yard games. General admission tickets come with a cocktail; spring for VIP to get another cocktail, early access and other benefits.

Sun., 476 K Street NW, Suite D, Washington, DC, free admission

Reserve a brunch or dinner at chef Richard Sandoval’s popular cocina. A special Cinco de Mayo menu includes Código 1530 and Mijenta tequilas, specialty cocktails and flights in the main restaurant and downstairs in the dLeña ROJA lounge.

Enjoy live music from Eli Staples’ Trio Candela from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Mariscos 1133
Sun., 1133 11th Street NW, free admission

Make a reservation for a brunch with $7 cocktails and dishes including birria hash and pancita soup, or walk to the outdoor patio to order hibiscus and classic margaritas for $8, draft beer for $3.50 and tacos for $3.50 .

Mezcalero 14th Street and Mezcalero La Cosecha
Sun., 3714 14th Street NW or 1280 4th Street NE, free admission

The Mexican restaurant’s Petworth outpost offers $3.50 street tacos, $8 classic margaritas and $3.50 draft beer all day (no reservations, just walk in). The La Cosecha Market location in Northeast has happy hour from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Moe’s Southwest Grill
Sun., various locations

Moe’s Rewards members can grab $5.55 burritos and bowls at participating locations. Don’t forget to download the app first!