It’s fiesta time. Cinco de Mayo, which falls on a Sunday this year, commemorates an important moment in Mexico’s history, when its army defeated France in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla, a turning point in the war between the two countries. The victory was short-lived and France occupied Mexico for years after that, but the date continues to be commemorated in Puebla and by Mexican-Americans north of the border.

It’s celebrated in a decidedly less-serious way by many other Americans, who use the day as an excuse to down tequila shots and party to the sounds of mariachi bands. To that end, many South Florida bars and restaurants are joining in on the fun with special menus, drink specials and raucous parties.

Here are the best places to party in South Florida on Cinco de Mayo.

El Camino

15 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach
817 E Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

El Camino Mezcal & Tequila Bar offers an authentic Mexican dining experience, from its decor to food and cocktails. For Cinco De Mayo, its Las Olas location will host the Los Viajeros mariachi band from noon to 4 p.m., followed by a set by DJ Angelo, who will hit the decks from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Delray Beach location will host DJ Savage Beattz. For a unique experience, try the special drink of the day: Coffee tequila with dark roast coffee, vanilla, and cinnamon ($7).

By: Juliana Accioly