Just like you don’t have to be Irish to party on St. Patrick’s Day, so the same applies to Cinco de Mayo – you don’t have to be Mexican to eat your weight in tacos and enchiladas on May 5.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.

Despite Cayman’s small population, the island is home to two Mexican restaurants: Casa 43 and Carlos & Martin’s. So, if tequila is your thing and you gravitate towards colorful décor, make a beeline for one of these places (or both) on May 5.

Casa 43

43 Canal Point Drive

This Mexican restaurant is small but fierce. On any given night of the week, you can expect to find a lineup waiting for a table. The margaritas are famous, and so are dishes such as the street corn and rock shrimp tacos.

They’ll be pulling out all the stops on May 5. There will be all-day Herradura Tequila drink specials, discounted Casa 43 Signature Margaritas, and Sol, Bohemia and Corona beers for only $5 apiece.

Anyone familiar with the flavors of Mexico will appreciate the traditional Paloma beverage, also on the menu, made with Milagro Tequila and Ting (grapefruit soda).

In addition, patrons should order up some Mexi-sliders and that heavenly street corn, along with special street food items, available from 10 p.m.-midnight.

Carlos & Martin’s

Seven Mile Shops

It’s going to be one big fiesta at Carlos & Martin’s this Cinco de Mayo. Not only is it a celebration of Mexican heritage, it’s also the cantina’s 8th anniversary. Owner Shelby Carlos is planning an all-day event with a top Latin DJ on the music, drink and food specials, and prize giveaways.

Expect lots of entrées coming in at the discounted price of $8 each, and the party won’t be just contained to the indoors; there will be music inside and outside with revelers whooping it up until the closing time of 1 a.m.