By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – This year Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) falls on a Sunday and the celebrations are set to kick off in Miami Beach, as well as greater Miami. What used to be an event that took place primarily at Mexican restaurants and bars, has became a reason for sombrero-filled and tequila-fueled block parties everywhere.
Although many places celebrate Cinco de Mayo, obviously Mexican restaurants do it better, and in Miami Beach there are several places known for their fantastic celebrations.
For example, Bodega, one of South Beach’s favorite taco locals, will host family-friendly events all day long, including a Taco-eating contest with a $1000 cash price. After dark, they will have plenty of tequila-fueled drink specials.
Press spokesperson Samantha Rosen explained, “Cinco de Mayo has been a day filled with activations and fun at Bodega since 2015. The party starts at noon and goes until 5AM with programming filled throughout the day. We celebrate with tequila and mezcal specials, themed, over the top decor, photobooth, surprise performances, and our annual taco eating contest.”
Rosen adds, “The taco eating contest started in 2016 with a twist on the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest on the 4th of July. Over the years we have contestants drive or fly down from all over the country to participate, including our winner from last year, Brandon Da Garbage Disposal, who drove down from Illinois.”
Also on Miami Beach, Taquiza on Collins Avenue will have Mariachis, karaoke, giveaways and other activities on Sunday afternoon. On Lincoln Road, the party is “luchador-themed” and includes mariachis and margarita shots as well.
The biggest block party in Brickell starts today, the Cinco de Mayo Brickell Fiesta – 2019. Ramping up Saturday, May 4th at 2PM, and again at 2PM on Sunday May 5th at 609 Brickell Avenue.
Organizers say that guests will be able to “enjoy some refreshing Mi Campo Tequila, a cold Estrella Jalisco, mariachi performances, luchadors, rides and games, authentic Mexican food, lots of tacos by Tacos and Tattoos, and music by DJ LAZ & the HITS 97.3 family.”
General admission starts at $15, and includes the entrances fee, Mexican party favor, a souvenir Margarita cup and other fun surprises. There is also VIP Waterfront tickets, which allows you access to reserved seating, private bathrooms with A/C, party favors and a complimentary Grande Margarita.
For a more low-key, but equally fun celebration, de “Cinco de Wynwood” party is also a two-day celebration, but this one is free of charge. In The Wynwood marketplace the party starts at 12PM and you will be able to enjoy Mexican Food Trucks, artisan vendors, music, street art, and more.
RSVP to get a free glass of Dos XX Cerveza (beer), and if you wish, for $12 you can get a party favors pack with LED lightning sticks, hand fans and beads for tequila shots among other goodies.