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.
The 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. 😀
We 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…
I 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.
Now 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!
Next 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.
I 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! 🙂