Cinco de Mayo 2014

How to give the holiday its due, all weekend long.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, no matter what your speed. Beef head tacos? Piñata-smashing charity party? We're pretty sure there's something for everyone this weekend. 

1. Head to District del Sol.

The west side of St. Paul is the hot spot for this holiday. On May 3, it will celebrate with a parade, local market, and live music. Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Los Otros?

> In the heart of the festivities you'll find Boca Chica, where the chile relleno and carnitas have inspired loyal followings.

Sonora Abelita

2. Have a Happy Hour

Since the 5th is actually a Monday, gather your cubicle mates and celebrate at any of the three Barrio locations (Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Edina) for happy hour. The margarita list is fresh and sassy with hand-pressed juices and plenty of mescal and tequila.
Los Otros?
> Try the cinnamon-y Adelita at Sonora Grill, or even the basic margarita, which is $4 during happy hour.

3. Do a Cinco Crawl

Park at the Midtown Global Market and hit all the great food stops within: Sonora Grill for tacos caramelos, El Burrito Mercado for carnitas, La Loma for tamales, Taqueria Los Ocampos for huaraches, and Panaderia El Mexicano for tres leches cake. Top it all off by heading to Fiesta in America to load up on Mexican candy.
Los Otros?
> Let someone else make the decisions and follow the crowd at the official Cinco Crawl (for as long as you can, anyway). Begin at the St. Paul location of El Burrito Mercado, get on the bus (with on-board mariachi band) and hit a big list of bars and restaurants with food and drink specials all night.  Friday, May 2, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.

4. Try Something New

Check out Andale Taqueria in Richfield, which has developed a cult following for its tacos. You'll find the usual carnitas but also tripe, pork stomach, beef tongue, and even beef head, all cooked to a tasty end. 
Los Otros?
> For a fresher take than just tacos, get over to Las Sirenas where you will be bowled over by the bright flavors and fresh fish in any of their many ceviches.

5. Let Loose

Start with dinner and a tequila flight at El Nuevo Rodeo, where you will eventually end up on the dance club floor. Don't worry; the tequila will make you a better dancer. We promise.
Los Otros?
> Feeling like a fiesta? Cinco de Mayhem is a safe (and charitable) outlet. CO Exhibitions has invited local artists to create piñatas that will be destroyed by party-goers for a donation, which goes toward the artist's charity of choice. Saturday, May 3, 6-10 p.m. Free Admission.

Images by Caitlin Abrams, Katherine Harris