Dos Gringos Chandler
1361 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler
DJ Thaicoon of 101.5 will work the record decks from 8 p.m. to close on Saturday, May 4, as a part of this Dos Gringos location's two-day Cinco de Mayo festivies, which include an extension out into its parking lot. Also on tap for Saturday is a viewing of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero boxing bout at 7 p.m. The second half of the party on Sunday, May 5, will feature a performance by George Prentice from 2-4 p.m. and DJ Myth spinning from 4 p.m. until last call. Open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Call 480-855-3303.

Dos Gringos South Tempe
8000 S. Priest Dr., Tempe
Stilly and T From Black Bottom Lighters, Paul Ruppo from Valley Love, Dynamic Duo and other local musicians and bands will perform during the Cinco celebration at this particular Dos Gringos location on Sunday, May 5. Games, prizes, and drink specials will also be offered. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-753-4577.

El Hefe
4425 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale
The revelry will start on the morning of Sunday, May 5, and last long into the night when Thomas James and other Scottsdale club DJ spin Top 40 and EDM hits and keep asses moving throughout the place. 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-241-2682.

Morgan Page is scheduled to perform on Sunday, May 5, at Maya Day and Nightclub in Scottsdale.
Morgan Page is scheduled to perform on Sunday, May 5, at Maya Day and Nightclub in Scottsdale.
Ozomatli is scheduled to perform on Saturday, May 4, at the Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival.
Ozomatli is scheduled to perform on Saturday, May 4, at the Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival.

El Santo Cantina y Mas
7301 E. Butherus Drive, Scottsdale
A special Cinco de Mayo edition of the Relentless Beach pool party will take place on Sunday, May 5, and DJ/producer Porter Robinson will headline. Noon; $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Call 480-584-3801 or see

Fat Tuesday
680 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
This Mill Avenue drinking establishment will team up next door neighbor Canteen on Sunday, May 5, for a gigantic "Cinco De Drinko" block party encompassing both establishments and a good chunk of Sixth Street. Seven different selectors (including DJ Snowden and DJ Mr. Eaton) will spin throughout the day and an equal number of bars will be setup for patrons to purchase libations like $2 Corona and $4 Agave Underground margaritas until 6 p.m. A beanbag toss tournament starts at 2 p.m. and will offer a $1,000 grand prize, which should give you plenty of drinking money. Gates open at 11 a.m. Admission is free. Call 480-967-3917.

Firehouse Scottsdale
4312 E. Brown Rd., Scottsdale
Pro BMX riders from the Monster Energy tour will be pulling off stunts from their tricktionary as they unleash antics and work the ramps outside of the Firehouse from noon-6 p.m. during a special Cinco party on Saturday, May 4. The Hourglass Cats will also perform on the patio from 6-9 p.m. on the patio, DJ Ascension hits the mixers from 6-10 p.m. inside, followed by Death to the Throne droppinh hot beats until closing time. Drink specials include $3 Cuervo, $2 Dos Equis, $5 Monster vodkas until midnight. The big boxing pay-per-view will also be broadcasted at 7 p.m. The Firehouse will also host a second day of drinking and dancing fun on Sunday, May 5, with DJ Ray Cache at 1 p.m., DJ Steel at 6 p.m., and the same alcohol specials as Saturday. Open until 2 a.m. both days. Call 480-265-6989.

4251 N. Winfield Scott Plaza, Scottsdale
Your Drinko de Mayo dollars will go a long way at Giligin's on Sunday, May 5, as the Scottsdale bar will offer $5 pitchers of beer (including PBR, Coors, and Miller High Life), $3 Sunny Delight bombers, $2 cans of Hamms, and other specials all day. Wash it down with $3 nachos before participating in the karaoke session that starts at 10 p.m. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-874-2264.

Karamba Nightclub
1724 E. McDowell Rd.
The club will host music by Mariachi Nuevo Mexico on the patio at 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. Admission is $10. Barbra Seville's Salsa Challenge takes place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, followed by Diamond's Cinco de Mayo Show at 10:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call 602-254-0231.

Marc's Sports Grill & Nightlife
4494 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale
Cinco de Mayo Mexican Fiesta with $3 Tequila Sunrises, $2.75 Coronas, $2.50 margaritas on the rocks, $2 tequila shots all day. Happy hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 11 p.m. to close, special menu items will be served, Texas Hold'em is at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., and karaoke starts at 9 p.m. in the lounge. Opens at 11 a.m. Call 623-842-1053.

Martini Ranch
7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale
The two-sided Scottsdale venue "Cinco de Rancho" party on Sunday, May 5, and feature DJs and dancing in the Shaker Room while Metalhead performs at 10:45 p.m. in the main room. 9 p.m. Call 480-970-0500.

Maya Day & Nightclub
7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
DJ Morgan Page headlines its Cinco de Mayo festivities on Sunday, May 5. Doors at 11 a.m.; $15 general admission, $100 for VIP access. Call 602-810-0736 or see

9425 W. Coyotes Blvd., Glendale
Don't have a cookie duster but want to attend McFadden's "Cinco de Mustache" bash on Saturday, May 4? Worry not, they'll be handing 'em out at the door. Sombreros are also encouraged. The party will also offer piñatas containing cash and prizes, a burrito-eating contest, $3 Dos Equis drafts, $4 Montezuma Tequila shots, and more. 9 p.m. Call 623-872-0022.

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"In Mexico today, Cinco de Mayo means the Mexican army defeated the French army," he continued. "In California and Oregon, the news was interpreted as finally that the army of freedom and democracy won a big one against the army of slavery and elitism. And the fact that those two armies had to meet in Mexico was immaterial because they were fighting for the same issues -- defending freedom and democracy. Latinos were joining the Union army, Union cavalry, Union navy.

"The French goal was to eliminate democracy, and remember that Mexico had democracy only for 30 or 40 years at that point," he added. "Remember, Europe was ruled mostly by monarchs."

French emperor Napoleon III "was no friend of the Union and was definitely a friend of the Confederacy and flirted with the Confederacy constantly with the possible recognition of the Confederate government," Hayes-Bautista said. President Abraham Lincoln never referred to the Confederacy as a separate government: they were states in rebellion," the professor said.

Napoleon III's plan was to instill a monarchy over Mexico and "have that monarch cooperate with the Confederacy," Hayes-Bautista said.