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Several ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, May 3, 2012, at 2:38 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 2:17 p.m.

When Cinco de Mayo falls on a weekend night, you’d better be prepared to fiesta.

This year, the holiday — a celebration of Mexican heritage that’s become an American excuse to eat tacos, drink margaritas and dance to mariachi music — falls on a Saturday, and several organizations, bars and clubs are planning big events.

Dust off your sombrero and pick a party:

Cinco de Mayo Festival at Nomar International Marketplace

This is the second year for the festival at the marketplace, which sits at 21st and Broadway. The event also marks the beginning of the marketplace’s summer season, which will fill the plaza with merchandise, music and dancing every Saturday through October.

The event, put on by the Nomar Community Development Group, lasts from 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Children’s activities, such as games and crafts, will be set up from 2 to 5 p.m. Fokloric dancers will perform throughout the afternoon., and a Zumba demonstration will be put on at 5 p.m. From 7 to 11 p.m., the McPherson Nortena band Ilusion Musical will perform.

Mexican food such as tacos, burritos and arroz con pollo will be served, as will elote, a Mexican style of corn on the cob slathered with mayonnaise. A salsa contest will be staged at 4 p.m., and those who want to sample the competitors’ creations can do so for $1. The event also will include a few Middle Eastern food vendors.

Beer, hard lemonade and margaritas will be sold throughout the day.

“It’s just a celebration — a way we come together and celebrate each other’s cultures,” said organizer and board member Carlos Contreras.

Admission to the event is free.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo: Visions of Mexican Art exhibition opening at Wichita Art Museum

The museum’s new exhibit, a collection of 55 pieces of art, including a piece by Diego Rivera, opens Saturday at the Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. They’ll put on a family-friendly Cinco De Mayo party that will include margaritas, a marimba band, maraca decorating for children and a presentation by the Consulate of Mexico.

The event is open from 5 to 6 p.m. for members only and from 6 to 8 p.m. for the public. The exhibit will remain on display through Aug. 26. Admission is free.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Sedgwick County Zoo

The party at the zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd., will last from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday and will include Mexican food vendors, live music and more. Admission is regular zoo admission. For more information, visit www.scz.org.

Bars and restaurants

Many local bars and restaurants will feature Mexican drink specials and music. The Felipe’s Mexican Restaurant at 445 S. 119th St. West, for example, is having a fiesta on the patio from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday that will include a live DJ, giveaways and discount margaritas. And both Jose Pepper’s — at 11423 E. 13th St. and 2243 N. Tyler — will have a DJ from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, live music from 5 to 11 p.m., games, prizes, drink specials and more.

Contributing: Olivia Burress of The Eagle

Reach Denise Neil at 316-268-6327 or at dneil@wichitaeagle.com.

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