Today's Mexican-American holiday may be a bigger deal here than it is in its homeland, but let's just go with it and see who has some of the best parties to offer.
Casa Tina Street Fiesta
One of the holiday’s biggest block parties — that isn’t just another excuse to get loco drunk — returns for its 22nd year on Mon., May 5, on Main Street. The street will be closed from Douglas Avenue to the Pinellas Trail on Main Street, and headliners include the 13-piece Salsa Band Orquesta Infinidad, Ballet Folkorico, Mariachi singer Lily Cortes, a 22-foot-tall puppet parade and Simone Salsa basic salsa lessons. Arrive dressed as you favorite Latin icon for prizes. Street party is from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Call 727-734-9226 for more info.
Cinco de Mustache
Get fiesta-fied and compete in a “creative mustache contest.” $3.50 Dos Equis and other specials. Mon., May 5, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Peabody’s Billiards & Games, 15333 Amberly Drive, Tampa. peabodysbilliards.com
MacDinton’s Cinco de Mayo Party
Includes $15 Dos Equis Open Bar (Dios mio!), $5 Maca Ritas, $5 Desperados, $5 Herradura. Compete for piñata prizes and the first 100 guests receive a free Sombrero. Mon., May 5, noon-close. 405 S. Howard Ave., Tampa. 813-251-8999.
Peg’s Cantina and Brew Pub
Enjoy Barrel-Aged beers with a fiesta of music from Gators in the Sawgrass on the patio. Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport. pegscantina.com
Tequilas Mexican Grille & Cantina
The owners claim they serve the most authentic Mexican cuisine this side of the border. See for yourself with live music 5-10 p.m., with the Southern Point Band
and a big party inside and out on the deck $3 Corona Longnecks all day! 401 S. Fort Harrison, Clearwater. 727-461-6949.