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Best Cinco de Mayo Parties In Pittsburgh

Did you know that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day? On the contrary, the holiday commemorates the unprecedented victory of Mexico against Napoleon's undefeated French army at the Battle of Puebla. The humble Mexican army was half the size of Napoleon's with nowhere near the number of resources and weaponry. In present-day Pittsburgh terms, that would be equivalent to the Pirates winning the World Series. If you are in the mood to celebrate an underdog victory, discover local Latin American culture or just enjoy a Saturday night margarita, Pittsburgh is the place to be this Cinco de Mayo.
Nightlife & Music Cinco de Mayo, Salsa
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Salsa at Mexico City Restaurant
409 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 246-2042

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2012
Hours: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Free lessons at 9:45 p.m.
Price: $5 cover charge
Must be 18-years or older with a valid ID

Nothing says celebration quite like a dance party, and nothing says fiesta like salsa dancing. Take your date to Mexico City Restaurant in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh for a high-energy Latin dance mix from DJ Juan Diego, who is well known by locals as the only Latin DJ in Pittsburgh. This venue is a hotspot for the most talented Latino/a dancers in the region. Los Sabrosos, a non-profit Latin dance company, operates out of the upper floors of the building. If your dancing skills could use some practice, come early at 9:45 p.m. for a complimentary lesson.

Nightlife & Music Cinco de Mayo Live Muisc
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El Coro LatinoAmericano Pittsburgh
Performing at Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland

4400 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 661-1211

Date: Sunday, May 6, 2012.
Hours: Concert begins at 5 p.m., Doors open at 4 p.m.

Join the Pittsburgh area Latin American choir for a night of community, cultural education and traditional songs the whole family can enjoy. Talented Latin American vocalists will sing traditional songs in Portuguese, Spanish, Quechua and other regional languages. El Coro LatinoAmericano is a non-profit organization that began in Pittsburgh 15 years ago. For the musically inclined, the group is currently accepting new members.

Nightlife & Music Cinco de Mayo Celebrations
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Old Mexico
250 Oak Spring Road
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 250-7899

Hours: Mon to Sat - 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun - 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Head south of the Allegheny County border for a family-friendly evening of authentic Mexican culture at Washington's Old Mexico restaurant. Enjoy great food while listening to a live mariachi band play traditional music. A staple at Quinceañeras and weddings, mariachi bands perform romantically-inspired, upbeat songs with a collection of string and wind instruments. At Old Mexico, the band members dress in traditional Mexican attire and travel from table to table for song requests. Children will enjoy getting up to dance with the band and learning some of the basic footwork.

Nightlife & Music Cinco de Mayo, Tequila
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930 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 697-3120

Hours: Mon to Thurs—5 p.m. to 12 a.m., Fri to Sat - 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

What better way to celebrate Mexican culture than in Pittsburgh's Cultural District? Seviche is a fun, festive tapas bar that celebrates Latino cultures by serving delicious food and authentic drinks in a warm, inviting atmosphere. The bar dubs itself as a Nuevo Latin Bistro and sets to embody everything Latin America, including weekly Monday salsa nights, Latin American wine specials every Tuesday and live Latin jazz for Mojito Blues Thursdays.  This is a great happy hour locale to stop by on Cinco de Mayo.

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Nightlife & Music Cinco de Mayo, Drinks
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Bossa Nova
123 7th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 232-3030

Hours: Tues to Fri—4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sat—5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Also in the Cultural District, Bossa Nova is the perfect spot for those wanting to celebrate Cinco de Mayo downtown this year. It's sure to be packed, so those looking for a more quiet, family setting might want to avoid this popular tapas lounge. If dancing and sipping on unique drinks in an artsy, trendy atmosphere is what you have in mind though, be sure to stop into Bossa Nova.  The space is quite large and each section hosts a different look and feel to it--sit in the more intimate lounge area or hit the dance floor in the bar area. Bossa Nova hosts salsa nights every Thursday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with a live DJ, and can even be rented out for private events. Remember that this place is 21 and up and you'll want to dress to impress before heading downtown.

Related: Best Mexican Food In Pittsburgh

Gabrielle Bovard is a fun-loving, paint-covered architectural designer. After spending some time living in and loving New Orleans, she has returned to her roots in fantastic Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Here, she enjoys spending time with her soulmate Mark, her two orange cats, and finding fulfillment in random acts of kindness. Her work can be found at

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