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Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a holiday held on May 5. It is celebrated nationwide in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla.The date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. 

Below, some local places to celebrate "Cinco de Madness" (courtesy of - including Beer Bong Bingo, a free flat screen TV giveaway, the first ever Bay View Salsa Crawl, "Cinco de Drinko" at Spin Milwaukee, the "Air Sex World Championships" (you have to read it to believe it), a jalapeno-eating contest and more. Man, I cannot wait for my first frozen mango margarita post-baby. Sweet, cold deliciousness.
Art Bar
722 E. Burleigh St., (414) 372-7880
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Art Bar is hosting "Beer Bong Bingo" with $3 Lakefront brews, rails or shots from 8 p.m. to close. Bingo is from 10 p.m. to midnight, and if you win bingo, the beer bong is one of the prizes. (But don't fret if bongs aren't your thing, there are other prizes, maybe even some with Mexican themes.)

2599 S. Logan Ave., (414) 294-0490
Burnhearts will serve up Mexican beer specials during the day and a hard cider tasting with Crispin and Fox Barrel on tap in the evening.

Bel Air Cantina
1935 N. Water St., (414) 226-2245
A shot of Inocente tequila gets you a ticket to win prizes in a raffle, including a flat screen TV. Keep things going with Corona, Corona Light cans and Dos Equis taps for $2.

Bryant's Cocktail Lounge
1579 S. 9th St., (414) 383-2620
If cerveza isn't your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the holiday the old fashioned way, that is with some old fashioned cocktails. Bryant's "Bone Crusher" of tequila, fresh lime, pepper and hot sauce is $3.50 all day Thursday. Enjoy it with some other $5 old fashioneds during cocktail hour from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tonic Tavern
2335 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 455-3205
Join, Art Milwaukee, NEWaukee and the Tweet Up Girls for the first annual "Bay View Salsa Crawl and Art Jamboree." Visit each of the three bars from 7 to 10 p.m. to sample and vote on your favorite salsa. Enjoy Cinco de Mayo themed art from six local artists, Mexican appetizers, three live bands, dance performances and Cumbia lessons. Open canvas painting, skull candy decorating, pinatas, a taco truck and much more go with the drink specials at each bar, like Corona for $3 until they're gone at Sugar Maple.

Cielito Lindo
739 S. 2nd St., (414) 649-0401
Pop in to Cielito Lindo's 2nd Street location for a cold $2.50 Tecate and stay for some classic Mexican dishes.

5750 N. Port Washington Rd., (414) 967-1451
getcoa.comCOA, the Bianchini restaurant at Bayshore Town Center, gets going early with the Maricachi Azteca Real Trio at 11:30 a.m. Great food and specials all day. DJ Willy and dancing from Salsabrosa all night from 9 p.m. to midnight. 

Conejitos539 W. Virginia St., (414) 278-9106conejitosplace.netConejitos is always a destination for good, cheap Mexican food. Go for your usual on Cinco de Mayo and also take in a live Tex-Mex band from 5 to 10 p.m.

Tres Hermanos
1332 W. Lincoln Ave., (414) 384-9050
If you can take the heat, and quickly, sign up for the Third Annual Jalapeno Eating Contest at Tres Hermanos during the Lincoln Village Cinco de Mayo celebration. First one to eat 20 jalapenos wins a three-day trip to Las Vegas. Drink specials at all three bars begin at noon. Contest starts at 6 p.m. with live music throughout the day.

Mark Pasch, Ltd.
333 W. Brown Deer Rd., (414) 351-5634
Mark Pasch hosts the "Cinco de Mayo Trunk Show" for new summer and fall 2011 clothing lines with a bar and Mexican appetizers from noon to 8 p.m. Otto's Liquor will have a tequila presentation.

Spin Milwaukee
233 E. Chicago St., (414) 831-7746
"Cinco de Drinko" begins at 9 p.m. with $3 Jose Cuervo and $5 Patron shots and $20 bottomless tap beer (except Triple Abbey). Fortunately for those taking advantage of the bottomless taps, the kitchen is open until midnight.

Stonefly Brewery
735 E. Center St., (414) 264-3630
The organizers of the "Air Sex World Championships," hosted by comedian Chris Trew, say there's no better way to spend Cinco de Mayo. Picture an air guitar competition, but the person performing on stage has an imaginary sex partner (and maybe an imaginary guitar still, who knows). No nakedness or real orgasms, just sexy fun for a $5 cover.

1758 N. Water St., (414) 272-0205
Celebrate "Cinco de Madness" at Trocadero with $5 house and $8 top-shelf margaritas. Each margarita gets you a ticket to win bottles of high quality tequila.

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