Cinco de Mayo As Celebrated in Five of America's Whitest Cities

Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, meaning restaurants and bars are all going Mexican-themed with their specials and events.

The day has grown to be a big deal in the U.S., if not Mexico, where it's not Mexican Independence Day or anything.

Everyone's hopping on the Cinco de Mayo bandwagon, including some of what census data shows to be the whitest cities in the country.

How do they do it in such places? Let's take a look at five:

5. Cincinnati They're tying the Kentucky Derby to Cinco de Mayo in this very white town. Among the events: Arnold's Bar & Grill has "A Mexican and country cookin' fusion menu. Drink specials include: Bourbon Margaritas, Tequila Juleps, Mint Juleps and regular Margaritas until the race is over." FB's says "Best dressed guest wins a prize. Fancy sombreros for women; patterned bandanas for men." Nada touts "four Mexican beers."

(Note: Cincy may not be totally white, but it's pretty much non-Hispanic. Its metro area, according to the census bureau, is 83 percent white.)

4. Springfield, Missouri Helpful tip in this guide:

Habla Espanol? Taco, Burrito, Margarita? We had a total blast last year at this event-even with the rain-that is what the big tents are for! Just totally awesome Are you single? Can you say Hi? Can you say Hola, Que Paso? (for you Gringos- that's "Hi, What's happening?!")

3. Fargo, North Dakota The Forum of Fargo-Moorehead displays some serious wiki skills.

What's up with the Sombrero? By Tracy Brigg Well, the answer is simple. Saturday is Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo--or the fifth of May--commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).

2. Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the definitive guide to "Things to do in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City," offers "a guide to the area's best guacamole": "I've scoured the area and eaten literally thousands of chips to present you with a comprehensive guide to the top five picks in the Corridor."

Winners include La Reyna restaurant, "rated the 2010 Best Ethnic Food restaurant in Iowa by The Iowa Source magazine."

1. Boise, Idaho Saddest Cinco de Mayo news ever, from the Boise Weekly: "Editor's note: The Cinco de Mayo celebration on the Grove has been postponed until Wednesday, May 12, due to weather complications."

Don't worry: The publication still offers tips on how to put more "cha cha cha in your zapatos."

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