If we’re being honest, most of us probably don’t know exactly what Cinco de Mayo is all about. What we do know is that it’s a great excuse to eat delicious food and maybe sip on margaritas. And everyone around here will take any excuse to party. So if you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate this holiday, we have a few good ideas:

Visit a Restaurant Party

This is the most-obvious of our suggestions but it can also be the biggest hassle. On May 5th most people will think it’s a good idea to go out and eat some tacos. Expect long waits. Some local restaurants throw parties so you’re less likely to notice the wait. La Carreta, George’s, and Garcia’s all have massive affairs with tents, DJs and the like. This year Garcia’s is advertising a three day party with live music and a bounce house for kids Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Taco Night at Home

Skip the insanity, stay home, and prepare tacos yourself. Or quesadillas (Tiffany has an easy recipe for seafood quesadillas here)! Or taquitos (my favorite recipe for these is here)! All it takes is a box kit to make a fun, home celebration. If you’re the type, you can even throw in a little education for the kids–teach them the capital and flag of Mexico or the history behind Cinco de Mayo (they’ll be one of four people who actually know it). If you’re more of the hostess with the mostess type, Tiffany has a great post on how to do tacos for a group right here.

Get Started Early

May 3rd you can get to the party a little early in Slidell. Their monthly block party in Olde Towne will have a Cinco de Mayo theme. From 5-10PM you can explore the streets of Carey, Cousins, and First, meet vendors, shop, and eat at any of the ten restaurants in the area.

Q50 Races Cinco de Mayo

This family friendly race will be happening in Fontainebleau State Park on the morning of May 4th. They offer a three and a six mile course for adults and a fun run for kids ages 4-10. It is a trail, though, so no strollers allowed on the course. Costuming is welcome. Register here.

Bubbly Brunch

Once a month Barrel Wine bar hosts a bubbly brunch and this month it just happens to coincide with Cinco de Mayo! They’ll be serving a Mexican-inspired menu with sparkling margaritas and Adult Iced Mexican Coffee. Tickets are $35 and available on Eventbrite.

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Hi, I'm Katy. Mom to four sweet boys ages 10, 6, 6, and 5. It's a loud, messy, chaotic life. I love connecting with other parents and am so glad you stopped by today!