Cinco de Mayo, translating to the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War, according to History.com. Surprising to some, Cinco de Mayo is actually a relatively minor holiday in Mexico; yet, within the U.S., it’s become a cherished occasion to honor Mexican culture and heritage.
Cinco De Mayo festivities can be enjoyed by people of all abilities. Here’s a round-up of upcoming disability-serving Cinco De Mayo events and celebrations:
1. Cinco De Mayo Bike Ride and Walk
When: Sunday, May 1, 2022 | 7:30 am (with staggering start times)
Where: Chester Valley Trail Parking Area, 132 Church Farm Ln., Exton, PA 19341
Event Details: This annual fundraiser benefits the Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports (PCAS), a registered nonprofit focused on improving the health and well-being of people with disabilities. Funds raised will help build more inclusive communities without interruption, with opportunities to invest in more state-of-the-art adapted sports equipment, launch new programs like Freedom Rows (a disabled Veterans rowing program) and keep essential disability-serving programs of PCAS operating.
The Cinco De Mayo Bike Ride and Walk is expected to bring together hundreds of cyclists, walkers and supporters to ride or walk on a beautiful course with varying distance options. Those interested can donate, fundraise and/or attend the event. Not local? That’s not a problem as virtual participation is also encouraged!
2. Cinco De Mayo – Paraiso Tropical
When: Thursday, May 5, 2022 | 6 pm
Where: Giorgio’s Baiting Hollow, 100 Fox Hill Dr., Baiting Hollow, NY 11933
Event Details: Proceeds raised through this themed fundraiser will support RISE Life Services, a multi-service organization providing residential programs, supported apartments, clinical supports and case management services for the developmentally disabled, mentally ill and dual diagnosed adults. This ticketed evening ($100 per person) will feature a buffet dinner, cocktails, live music and much more fun.
3. Pars for Potential
When: Thursday, May 5, 2022 | 11 am – 3 pm
Where: TopGolf Alpharetta, 10900 Westside Pkway, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Event Details: Funds raised at this event will benefit Easterseals North Georgia and, more specifically, their efforts to provide services, resources and support to children with disabilities and other special needs, their families and the community in 44 counties across Georgia. All Pars for Potential participants will enjoy an invitation to the luncheon, a commemorative shirt, welcome bag and unlimited (non-alcoholic) refreshments.
4. Cinco De Mayo Fiesta with Partners In Play
When: Thursday, May 5, 2022 | 5 – 7 pm
Where: Palmetto Library, 923 6th St. W., Palmetto, FL 34221
Event Details: The family-friendly event combines play and learning using a Cinco De Mayo theme with sensory-friendly elements. In partnership with the Forty Carrots Family Center, which implements childhood development programs, themed early literacy materials will be showcased, in addition to sensory activities aimed at building fine motor skills, creativity and more. Additionally, a family yoga session will be led by Soar in 4.