Cinco de Mayo is celebrated throughout Albuquerque, at bars and restaurants and city and cultural centers.
Here are some of the best parties Saturday:
Univision Radio and its two Spanish-language stations, KJFA-FM (105.1) and KKRG-FM (101.3), will host the Festival de Cinco de Mayo from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Civic Plaza. Sales manager Jeff Joerg says the event will feature 60 food and shopping vendors and a musical lineup of local, regional and national bands. The tunes start at noon. There will be a special children's area. "It's a time to spend with families," Joerg says. And will the food be good? "You know it," he says.
The acclaimed Ballet Folklórico Mexcaltitán will do two shows, at 2 and 8 p.m., at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. "We wanted to do something culturally relevant," says Danny Lopez, marketing director for the center, which partnered with Steps Dance Academy on the performances. "Cinco de Mayo is a culturally significant event in Mexico and something we want to subtly remind and educate people about. The historical significance has been lost because it's so commercialized." The music and dance troupe from Nayarit, Mexico, has performed worldwide. Call 883-7800 for tickets.
The Cinco de Mayo Folk Art Festival will be held from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at 1503 Arcadian Trail N.W., east of San Isidro Drive between Candelaria and Griegos roads. There will be art, music and a chihuahua runway contest at 3:45 p.m.
The Barelas Senior Center's Fiesta de Mayo features food, music, art show, flea market, quilt display, face painting and raffle. It runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the park behind the center at 714 Seventh St. S.W. "We have a big tent for people to sit under, a dance floor and big stage," says Marie Sinkar, program coordinator for the senior center. "It's our big event. It's a lot of fun."
On Old Town Plaza, there will be music, dance, poetry and storytelling from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Gonzalo is the star of Casino Hollywood's Cinco de Mayo celebration. The singer will be joined by El Gringo, Sorela, Matt Duran and Daniel Lee Gallegos. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12.