Cinco de Mayo has become a holiday tradition in the United States for Mexican Americans much the way St. Patrick’s Day has for the Irish, or Chinese New Year for the Chinese. It’s a day to celebrate with music, food and dance. Cinco de Mayo is known for its parades, folklorico, mariachis and of course, its amazing food.
Here are some Cinco de Mayo events to celebrate Mexican culture, art and music. I've also included some suggested alternate events and workshops, which feature Mexican roots and the influence of Mexico upon our city.
Updated for 2014.
Cinco de Chihuahuas
When: May 2 - 4
Where: Eastside, Westside Animal Shelters and Lucky Paws Van
Watermelon Mountain Ranch and the city's Animal Welfare Department will be offering all adult chihuahuas up for a reduced adoption fee of $35. Other dogs will be adopted at $10 off the regular rate. Adoptions include spay or neuter, vaccinations required by law and a microchip. Also, vouchers for a free spay or neuter of Chihuahuas will be given out at the eastside and westside shelters.
Cinco de Mayo Folk Art and Music Festival
When: May 3, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: La Parada Mercantile, 8917 Fourth Street NW
Join over 30 New Mexican artists, crafters and folk artists for the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. Musicians include Joanie Cere and Darin Goldton, Pawn Drive and Alpha Blue. A wild fiesta skirt contest takes place at 1:45 p.m. This is a free event.
Cinco de Mayo
When: May 3, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Mural Park, 7th and Douglas, Las Vegas, NM
Casa de Cultura will hold its fourth annual Casa de Cultura, which will feature three mariachi bands, the Sangre Joven Band and more. Take lounge chairs and umbrellas.
Fiestas del Cinco
When: 8 a.m. - May 4
Where: Spanish Village, New Mexico Expo
Hear Los Pescadores, Alerta Zero, La Zenda, Jorge San Acruz and more will be at the Fiesta del Cinco 2014 by Radio Lobo.
Running of the Chihuahuas
When: May 4, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Balloon Fiesta Park, 5000 Balloon Fiesta Parkway
Part of a Cinco de Mayo celebration, the dog races take place in two steps. All dogs are entered in a preliminary race, with the winners making it to a final round. Second place wins $100 and third place takes $50. It costs $20 to register your Chihuahua, which can be purebred or mixed. For anyone without a chihuahua, there will be costume contests for best dressed dog and and dog/owner look alike contests for all breeds. With food trucks, vendors, music and other activities, this is fun for the whole family. Admission is $5 for adults, and proceeds go to StartupABQ. Children and dogs are admitted free of charge.
When: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., May 4
Where: Tractor Brewery, Wells Park, 1800 4th NW
Reviva will jam out at Tractor Brewery's tap room one last time before leaving for Nicaragua. Leah Leyva and the Lemons and Fabian will also perform.
When: 6 p.m. May 4
Where: Sandia Ampitheater, 30 Rainbow Road NE
The Tejano music performer will be at the Sandia Ampitheater.
The Inquisition in New Mexico
When: 2 p.m. May 4
Where: Sandoval County Historical Society, 151 Edomond Road, Bernalillo
Learn about the Sephardic survival experience after the Inquisition and the crypto-Jews in New Mexico.
When: May 4, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: 10500 4th Street, Albuquerque
The patios at El Pinto will be open and the margaritas await for this traditional matanza. Enjoy slow cooked park from a horno oven, roasted potatoes, beans, rice, slaw, guacamole, queso, chips and salsa and corn and flour tortillas.
Cinco de Mayo
When: May 4
Where: Cazuela's Restaurant, 4051 Sara Road, Rio Rancho
Cazuela's will have live music that includes mariachi for a special Cinco inspired event.
Exhibit: En la Cocina with San Pascual
When: Through June, 2014. Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Art Museum, National Hispanic Cultural Center
The National Hispanic Cultural Center features representations of San Pasqual, who is popular in New Mexican art. Statues or plaques of San Pasqual are in the kitchens of cooks everywhere. Even Julia Child had one. The exhibit features more than 75 representations of the popular santo.
When: Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: National Hispanic Cultural Center
What: Since opening its doors in 2000, the National Hispanic Cultural Center has provided visitors with a glimpse at the arts and cultures of Hispanics worldwide. The Center is located along the Rio Grande in one of Albuquerque's oldest neighborhoods, and offers visitors galleries, a library, a genealogy center, and lots of community events.