Sunday, May 5, 2013

Cinco de Mayo Celebration Sarasota Style!

Sarasota, FL       High:  78       Low:   66

Sparky is lovin' this cooler weather!  We managed to whiz through the day today, not doing much but before we knew it the day was just about over. Before it got too far gone, we decided to see how Mi Pueblo, our favorite Mexican restaurant, does Cinco de Mayo. They started celebrating last night!
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and originated with the victory battle of Puebla where the Mexicans defeated the French in 1862.

Sparky loves a festival, and the Mexican people know how to throw a good party celebration! There was dancing.....

Great food....Sparky had her Mi Pueblo favorite--tacos camarones--shrimp tacos with mango salsa...Eldy had a shredded beef burrito...YUM! There were.....

Tequila tastings....."One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, FLOOR!"  Three small shots for five dollars. We are not tequila drinkers, so we passed on that....They were very popular, though!

Youthful singers.....

Colorful costumes...
A cool lady doing face painting for kids....Love the Carmen Miranda look! (Carmen Miranda was a Portugese born Brazilian samba singer/dancer/actress back in the '40's and '50's and she wore hats like this one.)

And lots of joy and happiness on this special day.....The kids that were demonstrating the dances were really enjoying themselves. The crowd was whooping and hollering and whistling their approval. We saw the traditional Mexican hat dance, too....Great fun!

Lots of smiles except for this little guy....He was all dressed up for the celebration and was in a dance with what appeared to be his older brother. He could have cared less that it was a special day. He was NOT happy to have to be in the performance, that's for sure!

And the public, even if they were not Hispanic, enjoyed celebrating the day with the restaurant's many prizes, games, great food, burro rides, even a bronco riding ride....and with their own costumes of sorts...

Sparky liked the pink sombrero this gal had on...
And Sparky loves seeing the characters that show up at festivals...Take a look at this guy!

We sure enjoyed ourselves at Cinco de Mayo today, at Mi Pueblo, on Tuttle and University in Sarasota. We highly recommend this restaurant!


  1. Been to many Cinco de Mayo parties in the past. Didn't go to one this year! Looks like they do it up good!

  2. Another fun day celebrating Mexican style, good fun.

  3. I am beginning to think you two are liking Florida a bit too much...

  4. I agree with Heyduke! What's not to like about Sarasota though! 3 shots of tequila would have put me on the floor.

  5. A tattooed head. Now that's a great idea. When he changes his mind he can just grow his hair back. Well, probably. At least on the back and sides. :-)). So when is Eldy's appointment??

  6. You two need to make a stop in Progresso, MX. They know how to put on a party!