Cinco de Mayo is almost here, and along with solemnly reflecting on the importance of Mexico’s defeat of France in the 1862 Battle of Puebla, St. Louisans will be looking to have a good time. And there are plenty of places for us to find one.
Cinco de Mayo on Cherokee St.
On Cherokee St. West of Jefferson
The Cinco de Mayo celebration on St. Louis’s historic Cherokee street is one of the largest neighborhood celebrations in the city, right up there with Soulard’s Mardi Gras and Dogtown’s St. Patricks Day. Musical performances, a parade, and an urban art festival highlight the day’s activities, which are of course punctuated by the area’s fantastic restaurants.
The music selection will be divided between two stages: the main stage at California and Cherokee will showcase traditional Latino music, and the Gringo Stage at Nebraska and Cherokee will be curated by St. Louis Secret Sound Society and feature a diverse local line-up.
Cinco in the City
At El Borracho
2001 Locust St.
El Borracho Taqueria and Cantina is throwing their 3rd annual Cinco in the City party, which is so big they’ll be shutting down an entire city block to accommodate it. A $25 fee will get you access to an open bar, of course stocked with plenty of margaritas and cervezas.
Cinco in the City will also be filled with fun and unique entertainment, including what they’re calling a “PBR Dunk Tank” (you’ll have to show up to find out whether PBR is just a sponsor or participants are actually dunked INTO beer) and live Donkeys!
Cinco De Mayo Village
at the James J Eagan Center
1 James J Eagan Dr
One of several yearly celebrations held by the St. Louis Hispanic Festival group, the Cinco de Mayo Festival at the James J Eagan Center is fun for the whole family. Admission is free, but you’ll need cash for the food, drinks (including beer and margaritas), and beautiful crafts.
There will be live music and other entertainment along with special areas and activities for kids.
Cinco de Mayo at Senor Pique
14870 Manchester Road
The self-proclaimed “Most extravagant Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in West County,” Cinco de Mayo at Senor Pique has a lot to offer. The party happens inside and outside, with live music for all and plenty of drinks to go around.
As far as extravagance goes, Tequila Cazadores Girls, Corona Girls, and Dos Equis (XX) Girls will all be in attendance.
Cinco de Mayo at Rosalita’s Cantina
1229 Washington Ave.
The Washington Ave. street festival at Rosalita’s Cantina starts at 11 a.m. on Cinco de Mayo and will keep you partying until 3 in the morning. With such a long-lasting party in the works, the people at Rosalita’s suggest you “Take Friday Off” for necessary recovery.
As the only Tex-Mex restaurant on Washington Ave., Rosalita’s Cantina is the place to be for Downtown Cinco de Mayo celebration.