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The Desert Sun’s Leah Woodfield offers her take on the best Cinco de Mayo parties in the Desert. First, though she sets us straight on the historical origin of Cinco de Mayo (it marks the day of the country's underdog victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 not Mexico's Independence Day):  


The Saguaro - Cinco de Saguaro 10 AM to 3 PM - This is a Saguaro brand original Cinco de Mayo holiday day pool party series that celebrates Mexican culture, life through music, community & the spirit of the Mojave Desert. The event will showcase Ocho Ojos, a Psychedelic Cumbia band from Coachella, CA. | Where: 1800 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs | For more information: (760) 323-1711; thesaguaro.com/palm-springs

 Draughtsman - Cinco de Mayo - Enjoy $5 margaritas all day long, while listening to live music starting at noon.  | Where: 1501 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs | For more information: (760) 507-1644; draughtsmanpalmsprings.com

Las Casuelas Terraza - 40th Anniversary Margarita - Mariachi Tesoro de Rebecca Gonzales returns to perform for Cinco de Mayo this year. To celebrate the restaurant’s own 40th anniversary, featured margaritas, made with top-shelf tequila such as Extra Añejo Reserva de la Familia Cuervo and Herradura Añejo, Grand Mariner and other unique ingredients like wild tropical oranges and passion fruit liqueur. | Where: 222 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs | For more information: (760) 325-2794; lascasuelas.com

The Village Pub - Green, Red and White Soiree to celebrate Cinco de Mayo - DJ Rapmarz starts spinning at 9 p.m., there's free entry all night. | Where: 266 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs | For more information: (760) 323-3265; palmspringsvillagepub.com

 Agua Caliente Casino, Palm Springs – The Center Bar - Offering $5 margaritas as well as $5 shots of Cazadores. For those of you wanting to start the celebration early, the Oasis Buffet is offering a Champagne brunch and taco bar for $24.99. | Where: 401 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs | For more information: (888) 999-1995; aguacalientecasinos.com


Yard House - Cinco de Mayo Celebrations - $5 margaritas all day on Cinco de Mayo. In addition to house margaritas, the new salted watermelon margarita and pomegranate margarita are also included in the special. | Where: 71-800 Highway 111, Ste. B-101, Rancho Mirage | For more information: (760) 779-1415; yardhouse.com

Babe's Bar-B-Que & Brewery – Latin Fusion BBQ - Starting May 1, Babe's launches a Latin fusion barbecue menu, including street tacos, tamales and more. Try the "Queso Oaxacano Quesadilla" from the Latin Fusion BBQ menu as well as a new Mexican Lager for Cinco de Mayo. | Where: 71-800 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage | For more information: (760) 346-8738; babesbbqbrewery.com

Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa – Cinco De Mayo Special - The resort is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with special deals on Mexican cuisine, like "tachos" (crispy tater tots covered in nacho cheese and accompanied by a spicy Cheetos crumble, beef and chorizo chili) in its 360 Sports Bar, tacos, beer and margaritas. Three Palms Buffet will host a festive Cinco de Mayo brunch, including Champagne, for $21.99 as well as a dinner for $17.99.  | Where: 32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage | For more information: (888) 999-1995; aguacalientecasinos.com


Coachella Valley Brewing Co. – Parking Lot Party - Contests, prizes and giveaways to celebrate. In addition to games and giveaways, there will be specials on drinks, including $3 mezcal beer shots, $5 chavelas and barrel-aged "Beergaritas." KUMA catering will provide the food. All ages are welcome and there's no cover charge. | Where: 30-640 Gunther St., Thousand Palms | For more information: (760) 343-5973; cvbco.com

 To read Leah Woodfield’s original article, courtesy of The Desert Sun, please visit: https://www.desertsun.com/story/life/food/2019/05/01/top-spots-celebrate-cinco-de-mayo-palm-springs-area/3567919002/

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