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Cinco de Mayo is one of those holidays where a lot of people might have forgotten how it all got started, but it’s celebrated nonetheless because it’s gained so much cultural momentum.

Despite popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. It commemorates the victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla. It’s the nationwide celebration of Hispanic culture and, as usual, the party will be in Chinatown at the annual Cinco de Mayo Hispanic Celebration Street Festival.

The streets will be dressed in rich colors with dances, spirited music and all the best lunch-wagon eateries. The enchantment begins with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Oro from the Bay Area and Los Boricuas De Hawaii Folkloric Dance Troupe. Honolulu’s premier Latin band Son Caribe will headline. Vocalist Cynthia Romero joins the eight-piece ensemble as they play songs sweeping from salsa to merengue and Bachata. The Santana Tribute Band featuring guitarist Roshan will also be in attendance. Expect to be dazzled by a slew of additional street performances by Sewa Fare African dance and drum, Dancers Unlimited, Epica Latin Dance and ReVolve.

Intersection of Hotel St., and Nuuanu Ave., Sat., 5/5, 6–10pm, free to all; $4 wristbands required for alcoholic beverages; $10 wristband for entry into 7 nightclubs, [artsatmarks.com]