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Cinco de Mayo 2014 on Long Island

Despite the higher price for limes this spring,

Despite the higher price for limes this spring, there will be margaritas for Cinco de Mayo 2014 celebrations. (Credit: iStock)

When it comes to holidays that inspire bars, clubs and other nightlife-friendly spots to throw special events, Cinco de Mayo is a generally solid occasion for celebrations. But with the 2014 observance of the Mexican army's victory in the Battle of Puebla in 1862 landing on a Monday, it seems likely that the overall Long Island Cinco de Mayo party calendar will end up somewhat lighter than in previous years.

Nonetheless, there are still some local fiestas to consider:

WHERE: Surf’s Out, 1 Bay Walk, Kismet, 631-583-7400

THE DEAL: This Fire Island fun spot is throwing its annual Cuatro De Mayo party, which actually starts a day early, Sunday, May 4. Tickets purchased for this four-hour bash (1:30 to 5:30 p.m.) include tap beer, sangria, margaritas, music by a mariachi band, piñatas and a buffet – but no worries if you don't live in Kismet, as a return ferry voucher is also included in the fee. Tickets are available in advance for $50 at surfsout.com (or for $55 at the door).

WHERE: Off Key Tikki,  31 Baker Place, Patchogue, 631-475-1723

THE DEAL: To start a new series of weekly get-togethers – to be called Hurricane Mondays – this riverside spot with a man-made beach and fire pit will be doing specials on margaritas, tequila and Corona beer on Monday, May 5, starting at 5 p.m. DJ Vic Latino is scheduled to spin.

OTHER OPTIONS

The LIRR will come in handy for heading  to a couple of specific Cinco de Mayo parties in Nassau County come Monday, May 5, as trains stop directly across the street from Mulcahy's Pub & Concert Hall in Wantagh, at 3232 Railroad Ave., (516-783-7500) and around the corner from El Mariachi in Rockville Centre at 213 Sunrise Hwy. (516-536-6661).

Mulcahy’s is advertising drink specials, prizes and a taco bar from 3 to 5 p.m., while Mariachi is offering $5 margaritas all day plus giveaways, its usual menu of Mexican food and live music from members of the classic dance and soca band Copycat from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Tags: Cinco de Mayo , May , Surf’s Out , Off Key Tikki , Mulcahy’s , El Mariachi , Kismet , Patchogue , Wantagh , Rockville Centre , drink specials , live music

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