Holy Chihuahua Races! The Best Places To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo In Charlotte:

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Mexican independence here in the States = one heck of a Margarita celebration across this country!

Yay!  One of my favorite ‘holidays,’ yours too?  Brenda Matthews here, and I love me some Margaritas!  I even have a special recipe – you’ll see it if you scroll wayyyy down this blog!

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Now, for a place to partake and imbibe this Sunday, May 5th, ‘Cinco De Mayo’.…well, there are plenty.  Here are just a few suggestions.

LaPaz Charlotte (at Metropolitan):  They’re not only celebrating Sunday, but Friday and Saturday – all day and night – too!  Expect drink specials ($5 Margaritas and $3 Mexican beers, and a patio bar party,  contests and giveaways – live music Sunday 2-6pm, too!

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Paco’s Tacos and Tequila in SouthPark (6401 Morrison Avenue Charlotte, NC  28211)  These guys are READY!  I was reminded when I phoned, that Derby Day is Saturday, so there are specials all weekend long at Paco’s!  Expect special pricing in Mint Juleps on Saturday, and Sunday, for the holiday, not only will Paco’s be roasting a ‘full pig’ inside, they’ll be serving $5 Margaritas with $8 Top Shelf and specials on Mexican beer, too!  You can enjoy the party inside Paco’s or right next door (ok, behind) at the Beer Garden on the Marriott Patio with live music and the previous drinks specials!

Chihuahua Races

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Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina is sponsoring The Second Annual Cinco de Mayo Chihuahua Races Sunday afternoon! Join the fun in the courtyard of the EpiCentre for chihuahua races from 3-4pm, and more fun activities ! All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Charlotte and is co-hosted by YAP!  A Mariachi band will entertain, too from 2:30-5:30

Vida will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo in a full weekend of fun both Saturday and Sunday, and will be featuring Corona and Corona Light specials and $5 Vida Margaritas all day.

Traditional Mexican music dancers perfor

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And the ‘Granddaddy’ of them all:

The 6th Annual Fanta Festival, the area’s largest Cinco de Mayo Festival in the Charlotte area, is happening on Sunday from 11a-7pm.  Meet fellow families and partiers at McAlpine Park (8711 Monroe Road, Matthews, NC), for all of the fun!  Said fun includes lots of Mexican musicians, traditional folkloric dancing, authentic foods, a cultural marketplace, a free soccer clinic for kids 6-12 years old, the McDonald’s Kid Zone, the Coca-Cola Fun Zone, and games for the whole family!

Ok, here’s my ‘award winning (I wish) Margarita recipe:

Frozen Margaritas:

Fill blender with ice

Add 1 10 oz. can of Minute Maid Lime Aid

Use above can to measure 1 can of Tequila, and one can of beer (Lite beer works best!)

Spin!

Rim glasses with lime juice, add salt and serve!

Enjoy – and Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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