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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo at 10,200 Feet


The inaugural Fiesta In The Clouds saw bluebird skies and sunshine for their parade last September in Leadville. This weekend there are local events planned to commemorate Cinco de Mayo. Come, join the fiestas in Leadville! Photo: Leadville Today/Brennan Ruegg


By Ted B. Halley, Leadville Today Contributor

South of the border in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is commemorated in a more ceremonial manner, marking the date of the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. However, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance way beyond that celebrating Mexican-American culture, in a sea of cerveza, salsa and samba dancing late into the night! So here’s where you can join the fiesta(s) this weekend. And should you miss out, Leadville will be celebrating its Hispanic culture again on September 16 when the Fiesta in The Clouds celebration returns for year two! Felicidades!

Leadville’s historic Pastime Bar & Cafe will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo. This Friday, May 5 they will have festive food and drink specials, including a green chili cheeseburger and specials on all tequila drinks, including two for one margaritas. Then once the sun goes down the fiesta continues with DJ Girl Play. So head on down to 12 W. 2nd Street and scream your best Karaoke, “Aye, yay, yay!”

On East 7th Street Period Brewing will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo (de BeEr-O) with craft beer mix drinks on Friday, May 5. Craft cocktail plans include Pb House Michelada and a few tequila/beer mix drinks. Pb Pub Menu includes chips with salsa and soft tacos if you crave some Mexican-style food with your BeErOs. For craft beer fans, there are Periodic beers on tap per usual. Come and say “O”le at Periodic Brewing at 115 E. 7th Street.

Then on Saturday, Mat 6 fiesta-goers can celebrate Cinco de Mayo again with a Dance and Comedy Show. The evening’s entertainment will take place at the Elks Lodge (125 W. 5th Street) starting at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)

Come and dance to the music of Sangre Joven, featuring Bobby Madrid. There will be table to table “serentas” by El Trio Los Gallos. The night will also include some laughs with the Comedy Show featuring Graviel De La Plaga.

The cost is $15 per person. Tickets available at Casa Blanca Restaurant or  Nature’s Spirit.

Ted B. Halley is a freelance writer who likes cold beer and tequila with a little salt and line. Arriba!

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