Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, and we all know what that means, right? Apparently not.
Cinco de Mayo is a National Holiday in Mexico which contrary to popular belief is not Mexican Independence Day. According to Wikipedia, the 5th of May celebration “commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.”
The real Mexican Independence day is on September 16th, and is called Fiesta Patria. Get it right, America.
For the most part here in the old USA, Cinco de Mayo is pretty much an excuse to drink some margaritas, eat some delicious Mexican food, and have a fiesta in honor of our neighbors to the south.
That’s kind of how we do it in Fayetteville too, as this year will mark the 2nd annual Cinco de Mayo Cantina Crawl on Dickson Street tomorrow.
There are 18 downtown establishments that will participate in the Cantina Crawl this year, and last year over 175 “crawlers” participated in the event. It all starts at Common Grounds patio at 5 pm where participants will receive scorecards, and will move from place to place on Dickson sampling some free chips and salsa, and $2.25 margaritas. Participants will score each restaurant, and at the end of the night a winner will be chosen, and those with cards punched from all 18 restaurants will receive a free t-shirt.
We’re sponsoring the event this year, and some of the Flyer staff will be on hand to score each restaurant, plus we’ll publish our scores here on the Flyer on Wednesday. Those of you that also attend can participate in the discussion in the comments. It’ll be fun. Remember The Quest for Fayetteville’s Best Taco?
Sounds like a pretty good way to spend a Tuesday. See you there?