Ay caramba! What a weekend (May 2)

April 30, 2009

This weekend is one of those crazy ones with so many great events that there’s no possible way I can write about them all, let alone attend them all … so I’m picking out a couple of highlights, but be sure to look around using the links at right to find out about all the cool stuff I’m leaving out!

First, and dearest to my heart, is Saturday’s (May 2) Cinco de Mayo festival on Cherokee Street between Iowa and Nebraska. This is always a great festival, and as word gets out it’s starting to get crowded down there! My tips are to get your food at the stands on the periphery rather than waiting until the heart of the festival, where the lines are longest. I really love horchata, a refreshing milky drink made from ground almonds. It’s one of the agua frescas that are usually sold out of big vats — other common flavors are tamarindo and watermelon.

If you’re curious about elotes, the corn on the cob smeared with mayo and topped with cheese, give it a go — but be forewarned that it’s not for everyone, and I always hate to see full cobs in the garbage!

The music will alternate between Mexican and local bands. I’m not sure how Boogie Chyld always winds up in the lineup between the more authentically Mexican sounds, but I’m fine with it — they always perform a lively show. And local singer/songwriter Javier Mendoza is likewise always excellent on stage (barefoot or shod).

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with music starting at noon. There’s a parade this year, coming in from the west and sort of looping around the festival proper, that will be fun to check out. More details are at the homepage.
If you’re just not into the 1862 Mexican-French battle in Puebla that Cinco de Mayo celebrates, here are two other possibilities for Saturday:

  1. The Mehlville Moms Club Baby Mania Sale, 8 a.m. to noon at the Mehlville High School parking lot, at 3200 Lemay Ferry Road.
  2. A puppet show at the newly opened Old Post Office Plaza, downtown between Eighth and Ninth, across Olive from the building itself, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Come back tomorrow for Sunday’s top tips!

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