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Here’s where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Miami with tacos, tequila and mariachi

Diana Macias and Diana Sano at a Cinco de Mayo party in Mary Brickell Village in 2015.
Diana Macias and Diana Sano at a Cinco de Mayo party in Mary Brickell Village in 2015. Miami Herald file

Talk about your Sunday Fundays.

Cinco de Mayo falls on the so called day of rest.

Um, no.

What it means is that you have an excuse to party hearty Saturday night and continue the revelry for literally hours on end.

We can’t help you out come Monday morning, though.

Here are a few specials and deals around town to spice up the annual holiday commemorating the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862.

Cinco de Wynwood

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The party lasts two days in Wynwood. From noon-3 a.m. Saturday and Sunday revelers can get festive and ride the mechanical bull, explore the market with artisanal goods, chow on tacos, drink massive margaritas and beer and party with the live DJs and mariachi bands. Don’t miss the giant Fortnite Llama Loot piñata, which will drop drink tickets on the crowd.

Details: Wynwood Marketplace, 2250 NW 2nd Ave, Miami; free.

Cinco de Mayo Brickell

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Another two-day festival of mariachis, margaritas, music and mechanical bull rides. This party also features food, games, lucha libre and music by DJ Laz from 2 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday.

Details: 609 Brickell Ave., Miami; www.cincodemayobrickell.com; $15-$30

Española Way

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Oh! Mexico Restaurant on Española Way is throwing the ultimate street party on Sunday starting at 3 p.m. with free margarita shots, Mexican dancers, and mariachis.

Details: Along Espanola Way, by Washington Avenue and 14th Street on Miami Beach

Nikki Beach

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You’re invited to this SoBe landmark’s Tulum Vibrations party, inspired by the laid back, boho-chic Mexican town, tequila and tropical treats. Adding a Mexican twist to the Amazing Sundays Brunch ($49.99), guests will sip and savor Mexican cuisine and killer margaritas like the Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita (pictured) for just $7. Tunes provided by local DJs Stephan M and Felipe Kaval.

Details: 1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, https://nikkibeach.com/

Coyo Taco

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We like Coyo Taco’s deal - and their tacos, too. Rodrigo Moreno

This trendy taquería was practically built for Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Both the Wynwood and Brickell locations are throwing giant fiestas for their very favorite holiday. Grab signature $5 draft margaritas and Modelo beers as well as $6 tacos including Cochinita Pibil, Pollo Al Carbon & Hongos (mushrooms). From 3-5 p.m. prepare to be entertained by a mariachi band at both places.

Details: Wynwood location: 2300 NW 2nd Ave., Miami; Brickell: 111 SW 1st Ave.; www.coyo-taco.com

Beaker & Gray

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Throw back a specialty drink created just for the occasion by Bar Director Ben Potts. The Tamarind Agua Fresca ($12) is made with Don Julio Blanco, Cointreau, tamarind and fresh tangerine. To keep the party going, Chef Brian Nasajon has also created a specialty item, the steak chalupa for $9, starting at 6 p.m.

Details: 2637 North Miami Ave., Wynwood. www.beakerandgray.com

Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina

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The tequila-fueled fiesta at this Fontainebleau fave will feature such interactive activities such as a photobooth with props, foosball table and music all day long. The alcohol deals will be flowing as well: Specialty margaritas – in such flavors as passionfruit, mango, strawberry and (naturally) jalapeño – are just $10 a pop; shots of Revolucion Silver are $5. Regular a la carte menu will be available.

Details: Inside the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.fontainebleau.com

The Commodore

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In the mood to go old-school? Try The Commodore at the Ritz-Carlton in Coconut Grove.

One of the Grove’s newest and most chi-chi cocktail clubs inside The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove is offering revelers a smooth specialty pineapple margarita made with Avión Reposado, pineapple puree, lime juice, Arbol chili syrup, finished with a spicy rim until closing time, plus a trio of tacos, for $16. Valet parking at the hotel on Sunday will be at a discounted rate of $7.

Details: 3300 SW 27th Ave., Coconut Grove; www.thecommodorecg.com

Cantina Beach

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For creative types: As part of “The Art of Arts Series,” a rotation of art featuring three artists from Brazil, Montreal and Key Biscayne, this poolside spot will be throwing “The Art of Mexico: Cinco de Mayo” soiree. On Saturday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., mingle with Mexican artist Fernando Chamarelli and enjoy Mexican street fair food stations, stilt walkers and displays, some for sale. Food and beverage items cost just between $5 and $10.

Details: Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne, 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne; cantinabeach.com

Casa Tua Cucina

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To make this fiesta extra caliente, this buzzy gem tucked away at Brickell City Centre brings you the perfect elixir: The Spicy Cilantro Mezcal, infused with fresh oranges, apples, cilantro, cucumber, rosemary oil, lime juice and agave syrup. The $15 cocktail is topped with three red baby jalapeños for good measure.

Details: 701 South Miami Ave., Miami; Brickell City Centre

Bakan

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Bakan specializes in Mexican cuisine with a modern twist.

Let’s hope the weather is cool (ish). Because part of this sure to be lit party (complete with mariachi band) is outside. Choose among a wide variety of authentic regional dishes: Think moles, expansive mezcal and tequila offerings and handcrafted tortillas. The hip venue proudly boasts it will be a Cinco de Mayo “to remember or not.” Get it?

Details: 2801 NW 2nd Ave., Miami; www.bakanwynwood.com

iLov305

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The award for best photography includes a dinner at the Pitbull restaurant on Ocean Drive, iLov305. El Nuevo Herald Archivo

Pitbull may have Cuban origins but he’s not called Mr. Wordlwide for nada. The rapper’s festive Latin steakhouse is hosting a “See You Next Sunday Brunch,” with all-you-can-eat specials, such as Cuban toast, ropa vieja, and warm banana bread. Wash it all down with one of his famous colorful cocktails while listening to tunes by the man himself (not live). 12-4 p.m., From $49 per person.

Details: 1060 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; ilov305.com

The Taco Stand

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Taco Tuesday on a Sunday: What’s better than that? Munch on way affordable specials all day long including $2.50 tacos such as grilled chicken, veggie (nopales) and Al Pastor (spit grilled pork). Buy a round of $3 cervezas while listening to a mariachi band from 1-3 p.m. “Taco ‘bout a Cinco de Mayo for the books,” reads the invite.

Details: 313 NW 25th St, Miami; The Taco Stand.

Zuma Miami

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For an Instagram-worthy Cinco de Mayo, head to this downtown celebrity magnet for the Mexican Zombie, a twist on a tiki classic zombie. “We use a house blend of over proof tequilas, mezcal, Velvet falernum sugarcane liqueur and absinthe,” explains Beverage Manager Jules Gomez of the photogenic $20 concoction. Combined with fresh lime juice, passion fruit puree and grapefruit juice, the intoxicating mashup is served in a creepy ceramic skull. Gomez adds that patrons can only order two max, “due to the boozy contents.”

Details: 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami; zumarestaurant.com

The Confidante Miami Beach

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Con apenas unas semanas desde la inauguración de Bird & Bone, ubicado en el hotel The Confidante de Miami Beach, el restaurante está en el radar de los amantes del pollo frito por su estilo sureño.

Ever try a Bloody Maria? Now’s your chance. It’s a Bloody Mary with tequila, and Bird & Bone inside SoBe hotel The Confidante is pumping these tasty red babies out for $10 each on May 5. You could also opt for a bucket (six bottles) of Corona for $25.

Details: 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; The Confidante.

Cantina La Veinte

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If a buzz is what you seek, you’re all set here — just make sure your Uber app is up to date. On Saturday, Cantina will kick off the alcohol binge at 5 p.m., with $5 margaritas at both upstairs and downstairs bars until 7 p.m. On the big day, enjoy a brunch from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., with a Veuve promo ($70 a bottle) and bottomless margaritas for $40. Head upstairs (if you can walk at this point) at 3 p.m. for $5 margies until 5 p.m. Cantina’s downstairs will reopen with the restaurant’s regular menu at 5 p.m., at which time guests will be able to keep the party going with $5 bad boys until 7 p.m. May we suggest Pepto Bismol?

Details: 495 Brickell Ave., Miami; cantina20.com

Sweet Liberty

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What’s better than free? Neighborhood fave Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co. is hosting a special Cinco de Mayo Party with gratis tacos from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and live music by Latin Grammy winner Jorge Moreno from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Grab your sombreros, and janky fake mustaches and get down it at this award winning Miami Beach fun zone.

Details: 237-B 20th St., Miami Beach; mysweetliberty.com

Talavera

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Cinco de Mayo weekend at Talavera Cocina Mexicana you can go hard for margaritas with one of their specialty drinks: the Cilantro Margarita, Grilled Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita or their GIANT 16 oz Margarita. Expect live mariachi bands and, of course, their moles.

Details: Talavera Cocina Mexicana, 2299 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables

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