by Carolyn Batt

cozumelgrillYou may not be in Mexico, but if you’re in Buffalo, you definitely will feel like you’re south of the border on May 5th. Buffalo’s first official Spring outdoor party holiday, Cinco De Mayo will come full force this Tuesday. Join the thousands that come out in honor to celebrate the Mexican army’s defeat of the French forces more than 140 years ago—or at least use it as the excuse to spend the day bar hopping and eating Mexican food.

The most popular spot to celebrate this holiday is Cozumel Grill and Tequila Bar. Sport your sombrero and head down for an afternoon (the party starts at 2pm) and night of tacos, tequila and tropical fun. Cozumel extends its outdoor patio into the parking lot and every year, numerous television and radio stations broadcast live from this day’s biggest party.

Want in on the fiesta but want to avoid the crowds? This may be impossible today, but try Salsarita’s, a fast-food Mexican eatery with full service bar in Buffalo’s Chippewa Entertainment District or Gramma Mora’s on Hertel Avenue, a homestyle Mexican restaurant.

If you want to brush up on your Spanish skills ahead of time or impress your friends with your salsa moves, visit El Bueno Amigo or the Latin American Institute (across the street from one another) on Elmwood Avenue in Allentown. Both locations offer Spanish language and dance classes and sell a variety of Latin American handicrafts, musical instruments, jewelry and clothing.

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