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Portland Cinco De Mayo Celebrations, Parties, Drink Specials

It is a common misconception that Cinco De Mayo is Mexico’s answer to our own independence day. In actuality, Cinco De Mayo is celebrated to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Whatever your reason for celebrating, there is a lot to do this Thursday and all weekend in honor of Cinco De Mayo.

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Updated Info–> Portland Cinco de Mayo Events: Parties, Festivals, Music, Food & Drink Specials 

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Here are our Portland Picks for 2011 Cinco De Mayo events:

Downtown: 2011 Portland Cinco De May Festival @ Waterfront Park

The Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association brings back its annual festival along the Willamette River beginning Thursday and ending on Sunday, May 8. This year, the Association has brought professional lucha libre or masked wrestlers to perform in several matches throughout the weekend. Between the delicious food vendors, epic carnival rides and constant live music, there’s more to see at this festival than you can fit into one weekend. (More info

SE Portland: Cinco De Mayo Tequila and Beer Specials @ East Burn

If you’re craving a margarita or just a straight shot, head over to East Burn on Cinco De Mayo for $2 off top shelf tequila all day and all night long. As for Cervezas de Mexico, East Burn has you covered there too with $3 bottles of Pacifico and $3 draft pints of Dos Equis and Negro Modelo all day and all night long. (More info/website)

NW Portland: Cinco De Mayo Celebration @ The Whiskey

Sprout Presents a night of diabolical sound with master producer Ill Gates for Cinco De Mayo. As usual the night will be filled with immersive visuals brought to you by pleasuretek, as well as fresh local vendors, with all sorts of dope gear. DaBooth will also be joining us with a super special festive booth to capture your memories of what will be one of Sprouts best nights yet. (More info)

SE Portland: Dames and Games Cinco De Mayo Celebration @ Bossanova Ballroom

The pop-culture forces of burlesque and Mexican-style Loteria bingo converge at the Bossanova Ballroom with ¬Å“Dames & Games¬Â. Orchestre L'Pow! will present a one-of-a-kind date night with plenty of shake and shimmy and ¬Å“couples-oriented¬Â prizes (use your dirty imagination) for the lucky Loteria winners. (More info)

NW Portland: Cinco De Mayo 2011 @ Sante Fe Taqueria

Sante Fe Taqueria and Cantina wants to celebrate Cinco De Mayo with you all weekend long, starting tonight with a performance by traditional Aztec Dancers at 6:30 p.m. and salsa lessons and dancing starting at 9:30 p.m. And if you're feeling under the weather tomorrow morning, Sante Fe will be serving up a traditional Mexican hangover cure: pozole soup. (More info)

SE Portland: Cinco De Lebowski @ Bagdad Theater

Held on Friday, May 6 this year, the sixth annual Cinco De Lebowski continues a years long tradition of celebrating all things Lebowski, from white russians to bathrobes as day wear. Cort and Fatboy have special VIP tickets for this year’s Big Lebowski screening, which include live music, door prizes and a cocktail. (More info)

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