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Cinco De Mayo


It’s Cinco De Mayo and that means the weather is finally going to get a bit nicer in the North West. It’s the start of festival season and from now until September, there will be lots of things to do for free around town. The funny thing about Cinco De Mayo is that it is more of an American holiday to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride. Mrs. RB40 went to Oaxaca for a class and found that this is not a major Mexican holiday at all. She said the people over there have no idea what the fuss is all about. I checked Wikipedia and it said Cinco De Mayo is celebrated in the state of Puebla to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. So Cinco De Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day at all, that’s September 16th. I learned something new today. Isn’t the internet grand? 🙂

This year Cinco De Mayo fell on a Thursday and the local fiesta had free admission up until 2pm, so we headed over to check it out. We got through the gates at 1:59 pm! Tomorrow is also a free admission day and I bet it will be much more crowded in the evening after work.

The first thing we ran into was a Krazy Bike booth. We saw a few suckers trying to win $100, but they were all unsuccessful. The bike handle bar has a device attached so the steering shimmies unpredictably. There must be a switch to disable it because the demonstrator can ride the bike to the end quite easily.

krazy bike at cinco de mayoThe next stop was the SOYJOY booth next to the Krazy Bike. More free samples, YAY! I grabbed 3 bars so I could try different flavors. Am I a Squirreler gone wild? I don’t think so, I would have grabbed one of each flavor and come back for more later if I was! They aren’t too bad, maybe I’ll come back Friday and get a few more. heheh. 😀

soyjoy at cinco de mayo fiestaWe had to get something to eat after that because we hadn’t had lunch yet. All I can say is there were more taco/burrito stands in one spot than I have ever seen. We tried a beef taco from this stand. It’s not that huge plate there (which would have been $12). We just got two small tacos and they were really good. They also gave us one of those fresh green onions, yummy…

beef taco cindo de mayo fiestaI chomped down the beef taco in two bites so I needed more food. Mrs. RB40 got a burrito and I got 3 tacos al pastor from an adjacent booth. I gotta say, taco al pastor is my favorite, I don’t know why they are so difficult to find. Mrs. RB40 informed me that it’s more time consuming to make than the regular carne asada.

taco al pastor at cinco de mayoNow that we had some fuel, we headed to the stage to see if there are any performance. We caught the end of a traditional mariachi band. They were excellent!

mariachi band at cinco de mayoNext up were the cowboys and folklorico dancers. We saw a couple of dances, but then baby RB40 made some bubbly noises in his pantalones so we had to scramble back home. It was time for his leche anyway.

cowboys and dancers at cinco de mayoI love free entertainment and this was a great break from hanging out at home with baby RB40. Well, I guess it wasn’t totally free because we spent about $15 (from our cash allowance) on food and snacks. It was good food and a well worth it for the time out, so we are happy. Hope everyone is having a great Friday and will be able to enjoy the first fiesta of the year after work! 🙂

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  • optionsdude May 6, 2011, 2:19 am

    Wow. I also thought the same thing about Mexican Independence Day. I guess I have been spreading nasty rumors and mis-information. We went to eat at La Hacienda (the local Mexican restaurant) last night to celebrate and it was packed. I have never seen so much business there. We waited in line to get seated and to pay at the end. Next year might have to celebrate at Taco Bell.

  • LifeAndMyFinances May 6, 2011, 4:23 am

    Wow! That’s a lot of festivities! I didn’t see anything like that in Michigan! 🙂 Perhaps there aren’t as many of us that even know what Cinco de Mayo is all about.

  • Everyday Tips May 6, 2011, 8:09 am

    I didn’t see anything like that in Michigan either!

    We had a different type of celebration though as my daughter’s birthday is May 5th.

    Looks like you had a fantastic day, great pictures!

  • MoneyCone May 6, 2011, 9:17 am

    Sounds like you had an awesome time! Ah I miss California!

  • Melyssa May 6, 2011, 9:19 am

    Wow you only spent $15? That’s great! We just went to a little Cinco de Mayo fair this weekend and I was happy when we only spent $5 on shaved ice.

    Ok, now I’m hungry. Carne asada tacos = yum!

    • retirebyforty May 6, 2011, 4:11 pm

      We’re heading there again this evening and hopefully won’t spend too much. 🙂

  • krantcents May 6, 2011, 11:36 am

    Since my school is 98% Latino, there was a Mariachi assembly. I remember one year the lead trumpeter was one of my students. He then started singing. It was unbelievably good. As you can imagine in southern California, there are huge celebrations and it usually revolves around food. Looking at your pictures is making me hungry!

  • Melissa May 6, 2011, 3:13 pm

    This looks like so much fun. I used to get the Soy Joy bars for free from CVS. I wonder if they still offer that deal sometimes. . .

  • Hunter May 7, 2011, 3:03 am

    Great description. It’s early Saturday here and I’m about to head out the door for my bike ride. I’ll be thinking about that crazy bike for the entire ride! I like the photography on your site. I was really impressed with the pic of the food on the plate, very fresh image.

  • Kay Lynn @ Bucksome Boomer May 7, 2011, 6:13 am

    You’re making me hungry with the wonderful pictures! My favorite meat prepared Mexican style is carnitas. I love them; just not good for my cholesterol.

    We went out on Wednesday night for a buy one combo get one for a penny (yes we’re cheap) at the local Chevy’s. Love their salsa and tortillas!

  • 101 Centavos May 7, 2011, 1:07 pm

    Very nice outing. Too bad we don’t have anything like that around here.
    We did our own thing and had burritos with tomatillo salsa, and Tecate for the adults.

    • retirebyforty May 8, 2011, 7:33 am

      Really? I guess Cinco De Mayo is a bigger deal on the West Coast and South West.
      I didn’t have any cerveza this year. 🙁

  • Jackie May 7, 2011, 2:49 pm

    Sounds like a great time. It always great when you can have a fun filled day with the family and spend very little. I have heard about Cinco de Mayo but our area doesn’t celebrate it at all.

  • Barb Friedberg May 8, 2011, 6:33 am

    Sounds so fun! I love street fiestas, I feel like I just went to a party 🙂 Pix were great.

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