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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 05: The audience cheers as luchadores, traditional Mexican wrestlers, perform at the Lucha Vavoom Cinco de Mayan! show at the Mayan Theater on Cinco de Mayo, May 5, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Lucha Vavoom combines elements of theatrical Mexican masked wrestling shows known as Lucha Libre with American burlesque. Cinco de Mayo, or May Fifth in Spanish, celebrates the unlikely victory of 5,000 ill-equipped Mestizo and Zapotec Indians led by General Ignacio Zaragoza over the the much better-equipped French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 in Puebla, Mexico. In the US, Cinco de Mayo is often mistakenly equated with Mexican Independence which was on September 16, 1810. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

It’s almost here! Not only is Cinco de Mayo a national holiday for Mexico that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. For us, it’s an excuse to party. There are several events in and around the city this year that you can sink your teeth into. Just make sure you take Friday off because some of these will put you in a food coma and may give you the ultimate hangover.