Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Pride
Nope, it's not the celebration of Mexican independence as commonly thought. In fact, Cinco de Mayo marks the victory of the Mexicans over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 and is primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla. And of course in bars and pubs throughout the U.S. (Any excuse to hoist a cerveza or two -- or four -- and fistful of lime-flavored tortilla chips and salsa.)
If you are in New York City today, head on over to Lime Jungle, a tiny Mexican restaurant on 9th Avenue between 53rd and 54th Streets (in gay-favored Hell's Kitchen), specializing in fresh, healthful takes on traditional Mexican cuisine, created with locally-sourced ingredients. If available, the short-rib soft-shell tacos are among the best in the city. You may see some of the GPS folks there!
If you're itching for much more authentic Mexican fare, head to Gay Pride Mexico City, scheduled for June 26, 2010. The website, GrupoOrgullo.org.mx, is in Spanish. Yes, the city's crowded and like many big metropolises can be a bit polluted and congested, but contrary to popular belief, Mexico is super sophisticated with wonderful restaurants, great nightlife (albeit more discreet than in other major north American cities), and cultural attractions, museums, and historical sites for days. (Photo right: the sprawl of Mexico City.)
Pride should be particularly jubilant with the passage of marriage rights for same-sex couples this year. Read all about it in brother website Advocate.com.
- A look at Mexico City, originally published in Out Traveler: It's a few years old but still has great timeless information.
- Mexico City road trip, originally published in brother publication Out offers a fun itinerary in the calm countryside outside Mexico's cacophonous capital.
- Three gay days: Puerto Vallarta, published in Out Traveler, takes you to Mexico's gay beach resort for 72 queer hours.
- Visit Mexico's excellent mainstream trip-planning website (in English).