Come Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on the Patchogue River 180

This weekend we celebrate Cinco de Mayo and kick off the Patchogue Alive on the River celebrations.  Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th, the Patchogue riverfront restaurants Drift82, The Oar, Harbor Crab, Dublin Deck and Off Key Tikki will be celebrating Cinco deMayo, with discounted drink specials and live music. The two-day kick-off event will be held from 5:30-11 p.m. on Saturday and 1-8 p.m. on Sunday.  There will be no cover charge at participating restaurants until 8 p.m. and there will be unlimited water taxi rides, provided by FI Ferries, to and from the restaurants for just $10. If you prefer to travel by land Qwik Rides will have shuttle carts operating during the event to provide safe passage between restaurants.

 

A little bit of History about Cinco de Mayo:

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Sunday, May 5 in 2019, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

According to the History Channel, in 1861, Benito Juárez—a lawyer and member of the indigenous Zapotec tribe—was elected president of Mexico. At the time, the country was in financial ruin after years of internal strife, and the new president was forced to default on debt payments to European governments.  In response, France, Britain and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz, Mexico, demanding repayment. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew their forces.  France, however, ruled by Napoleon III, decided to use the opportunity to carve an empire out of Mexican territory. Late in 1861, a well-armed French fleet stormed Veracruz, landing a large force of troops and driving President Juárez and his government into retreat.  6,000 French troop set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. From his new headquarters in the north, Juárez rounded up a ragtag force of 2,000 loyal men—many of them either indigenous Mexicans or of mixed ancestry—and sent them to Puebla. The vastly outnumbered and poorly supplied Mexicans, led by Texas-born General Ignacio Zaragoza, fortified the town and prepared for the French assault. On May 5, 1862, Lorencez gathered his army—supported by heavy artillery—before the city of Puebla and led an assault. The Battle of Puebla lasted from daybreak to early evening, and when the French finally retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers. Fewer than 100 Mexicans had been killed in the clash. Zaragoza’s success at the Battle of Puebla on May 5 represented a great symbolic victory for the Mexican government and bolstered the resistance movement.

Within Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is not a federal holiday. Although celebrated through out the country, the most formal celebrations take place in the state of Puebla, where Zaragoza’s victory occurred.  Traditions include military parades, recreations of the Battle of Puebla and other festive events.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage.  The day is marked with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods such as tacos and mole poblano. Some of the largest festivals are held in areas with substantial Mexican-American populations.

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Get Tickets for The 2019 Great South Bay Music Festival 277

Long Island’s largest and longest running music festival is coming back to Shorefront Park in Patchogue Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 21st.  The Great South Bay Music Festival , which is presented by King O’rourke, is proudly Celebrating it’s 13th Anniversary.  The four day festival will feature over 75 performers on four stages, in classic and contemporary rock, folk, punk, blues, indy, jam-band, reggae, and funk genres.

The Fest will kick off on Thursday with Long Islands own, Indy Rockers – Taking Back Sunday, who are touring to celebrate their 20th Anniversary.   Popular hometown group Glassjaw,  PA rock group The Menzingers, and Frank Iero & The Future Violents will also be performing on opening night.

Here is the current daily line up:

Thursday, July 18th

On opening night, there will be 10 acts performing on two stages.  As mentioned headliner acts include Taking Back Sunday, Glassjaw, The Menzingers, and Frank Iero & the Futures.

Friday, July 19th

Friday is rock-reggae themed with over 20 performers playing on four stages. The headlines include Slightly Stoopid, Sublime with Rome, SOJA, and Common Kings.

Saturday, July 20th

As usual Saturday is “Jam Day,” which features eclectic and diverse lineups, featuring 25 bands on four stages. The headliners include Lotus, Dweezil Zappa, Spafford, Reid Genauer’s Assembly of Dust, Pink Talking Fish, and the Englishtown Project.

There will also be a “Jambalaya Stage” to celebrate the 50th anniversary to the 1969 Woodstock festival. Those acts include Kiss the Sky, Who’s Next, Joplin’s Pearl, The Band Band, and Halfstep.

Sunday, July 21st

The final day of the festival will begin with a children’s concert. the afternoon will host  “Classic Rock Day” with 25 performers on five stages. Top acts include America and WAR.

Check here to see additional artists as they are released and to find out more about the acts listed above.

 

The Great South Bay Festival will also host multiple craft beer and wine tents, an artisan and craft market, and food court which will contain a diverse selection of gourmet food.

Tickets are on sale now.  Daily tickets start at $42.50 each. Children ten and under are free, except for the Sunday children’s concert.

For each ticket purchased, $1 will be donated to the Stony Brook University Cancer Center Fund.  Click here to purchase.

 

Festival Times:

Thursday, July 18: Doors are at 3:00 pm, till 10pm.

Friday, July 19th: Doors are at 3:00PM, till 11pm,

Saturday the 20th.: Doors are at 1:00pm, till 11PM,

Sunday the 21st: 11:00am doors for Great South Bay’s annual Kids Concert

Sunday Regular Fest Ticket holders: 1:30 Doors, till 10:00pm.

 

 

 

Get Your Tickets for the Patchogue Breakfast Crawl on Saturday May 18th 223

There is still time to get tickets for Patchogue’s 8th Breakfast Crawl, being held this Saturday, May 18th. The crawl runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Patrons can decide which restaurants they want to head to then hop from restaurant to restaurant in search of the perfect breakfast selections.  This year there are 22 restaurants participating in the crawl.   Several specialty food retailers like The Amazing Olive, Kilwins and The Cheese Patch, as well as traditional retailers such as Blum’s, The Colony Shop and others will be offering discounts to patrons during the crawl.

The event is run by the chamber’s restaurant and retailers committee and this will be the eighth crawl held in Patchogue.

Proceeds from this years crawl will go to veterans groups Paws of War, United Veterans Beacon House and Military Resilience Foundation, as well as programs for the local VFW.  Participants and restaurant employees are being encouraged to dress to show their patriotism.

The tickets are $25 to dine at five restaurants, $35 for 10, $45 for 15 and $50 for 20.
Click here and get your tickets today!

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