Cinco de mayo is most commonly confused as the independence anniversary of Mexico, but it is not. It is the celebration of the battle won in Puebla, Mexico, while it is an important date, it is not as largely celebrated in Mexico as it is in the US. For additional history on this battle and why and how cinco became big in US, check out this link. http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/cinco-de-mayo
I’m not trying to write a history blog on Mexico, I care about sharing the experiencia mexicana and here is a perfect opportunity to do so, festivals, home fiestas, and even cinco crawls! Around the country there are many festivals and celebrations, as a matter of fact, only a few years back the cinco de mayo festival right here in St.Paul MN was named as one of the top 10 fiestas! According to the Travel Article: http://www.usa.worldweb.com/TravelArticles/Top10/8-147548.html
Despite Minnesota being much closer to Canada than Mexico, St. Paul honors its Latin American heritage with a two-day festival in the District del Sol on the city�s West Side. No big Cinco de Mayo celebration is complete without a parade and St. Paul�s is no exception. In addition to the parade, the festival�attended by more than 100,000 revelers�features six blocks of live music, salsa tasting competitions, craft stalls and Mexican culinary delicacies, as well as sporting events, a low ride car show and entertainment for children.
Go figure, right? Though with the unpredictable weather and changes in administration, things dwindled a little and the festival has changed since then, but it’s still nothing to gawk at, it’s still averaging an attendance of around 50k! We are crossing our fingers for acceptable spring weather, we are due for a sunny, above 40degree celebration weather! And for information & details on this years festival, visit http://www.cincodemayosaintpaul.com/ And yes, El Burrito Mercado will have a couple corn roasters serving up our infamous roasted corn prepared mexican style with sour cream, cotija cheese, and chile powder. We’ll also serve tamales, burrito, nachos, and this year, we are so excited to host a MARGARITA garden near the mainstage!!
Given the growth of the Latino demographic in Minneapolis over the last several years, there are also now festivals in Minneapolis, you’ll have best luck searching this info on facebook or in Spanish newspapers located at various Mexican markets & restaurants around town!
The opportunity with cinco to share with you la experiencia mexicana is endless. There is the obvious go to the festivals & crawl, but if you don’t like the big crowds, for budget reason, or maybe you have little ones at home that you don’t want to drag through the crowds, you can plan your own celebration at home with family! It’s a great opportunity to take ‘taco family night’ a step further, here are some ideas on how to make the best of the occasion:
- Loteria! (Mexican Bingo)
- Mexican cook out- “Taquiza” , El Burrito Mercado fresh carniceria (butcher shop) has so many options for taco fillings, chorizo, fajitas, carne asada (thin skirt steak), and carne pastor, a deliciously seasoned pork meat! Throw some onion, cactus, and peppers on the grill too.
- Don’t want to cook yourself? El Burrito Mercado offers catering options to fit all budgets.
- Mariachi background music on your ipod (if your budget allows hire a Mariachi band!)
- Pinata! Fill the pinata with candies, blindfold your guests, give em a spin or two and then let em swing at it! (for adult parties you can get really creative on stuff to fill it with!)
- And of course, for your decorating needs, visit our imported gift items for sarapes, streamers, flags, sombreros, and beautiful colorful dishware!
- Finally, the margaritas & cervezas! Set up your favorite Mexican beers, and mix up the flavors with mango, passion fruit, etc, Goya Foods has a great selection of pulp fruit perfect for margaritas! Available at both of our stores in St. Paul and Midtown Global Market
Get creative with planning your own cinco party!
I am really excited to share that this year a couple other business owners and I started a small company called Grande St.Paul, LLC, Jose Frias, Boca Chica Restaurant & Cantina, Ben Mike, Wabasha Deli & Cafe. We are all St. Paul mainstay business’, El Burrito Mercado celebrates 35years, Boca Chica celebrates 50years, and the Mike family is a long time westside family. We are thrilled to be working together to bring events that highlight our historical westside community on what we endearingly refer to as ‘westside’ of St. Paul.
And our first event is Cinco Crawl, 1st annual St. Paul Cinco Crawl. It will take place on Friday, May 2, check in starts at 5:30pm, and there is an organized crawl including mariachi on buses taking the groups to local bars rolling on to downtown St. Paul. Each bars specials and entertainment varies, but one thing is for sure, people will have a grande time! Ticket purchases are available at www.cinco-crawl.com or at El Burrito or Boca Chica.
Feliz cinco de mayo amigos, eat, drink, dance, & sing! Celebrate with us at El Burrito Mercado Friday May 2 Cinco Crawl, Saturday, May 3 for the parade and festivities- and don’t forget to visit our margarita garden near the main stage, Sunday May 4 more beer, margaritas, mariachi, elotes, and tacos!!