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Where to Party This Cinco de Mayo

Salt, tequila and lime

No, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. That's September 16. Cinco de Mayo marks the defeat of the French army by Mexican forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The holiday is actually more popular in the U.S. than in Mexico. In these parts, May 5 is cause for celebrating Mexican and Mexican-American culture in all its forms. It's also cause for plenty of tequila — and lucky for all the revelers, this year Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday. But this holiday isn't just about margaritas — there's also some family-friendly events happening around town.

Thursday, May 3

Dos Equis Feast of the Brave

www.twitter.com/staythirsty

Dos Equis has decided to test Houstonian palates with its special Cinco de Mayo event. The company has teamed up with locals H-Town StrEATS, Chef Jason Hill and Chef Matt Opaleski to serve free tacos with unusual ingredients to the city's inhabitants. From fried pig ear, chicken gizzard and armadillo to grilled shark, fried alligator, hog stomach and thousand-year-old egg fritters, each esophagus-chilling taco comes with "bravery points" as part of a national competition to see which U.S. city has the bravest palate. The event will be run out of a taco truck, so visit the Twitter page to find out when the truck is in your neighborhood, now through May 5 (it started April 25). The trucks will serve only one taco per person.

Friday, May 4

Fiesta Universal in The Woodlands

31 Waterway Square, 281-397-2244

www.mchchamber.org

Head to The Woodlands to celebrate Latin culture at the Fiesta Universal. The event is free and will include food, music and entertainment in a family-friendly environment. Live entertainment comes courtesy of Mango Punch from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

PlazAmericas

7500 Bellaire, 713-777-1111

www.plazamericas.com

The Case of Joe Campos Torres, a documentary film, will screen in the Community Room of PlazaAmericas. There will be a social at 6:30 p.m. before the film starts at 7. The documentary is about one of the most infamous cases of police misconduct in Houston history, chronicling the event and subsequent community-protest meetings, community/police department negotiations, and the legal actions taken by the Torres family against the Houston Police Department and the City of Houston. This screening includes additional footage and will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the award-winning maker of the film, Carlos Calbillo. This event is free and open to the public.

Talento Bilingüe de Houston

333 S. Jensen, 713-222-1213

www.talentobilingue.org/cinco-de-mayo

Talento Bilingüe de Houston hosts a Cinco de Mayo celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. The event honors Dr. Luis Malpica y de Lamadrid, Honorable General Cónsul de Mexico in Houston, and the 150th Anniversary of the Batalla de Puebla. The event will feature a performance by Mariachi MECA from 6 to 7 p.m., a performance by Folklórica Alegría Mexicana, and a special 15-minute skit about the Battle of Puebla performed by TBH's ExpressArte students. Chef Polo of Post Oak Grill, Las Flautas, and Dulce Bakery will provide food. $50.

Saturday, May 5

100% Taquito

3245 Southwest Fwy., 713-665-2900

www.100taquito.com

100% will have Cinco De Mayo specials all day, including $5 chela-ritas, $4 frozen lime margaritas and $3 beers.

Azteca's

2207 Richmond, 713-526-1702

www.aztecasbarandgrill.com

Azteca's is getting into the spirit with happy hour from 11 to 8 p.m., along with live music and karaoke.

Berryhill Baja Grill

1717 Post Oak Blvd., 713-871-8226

www.berryhillbajagrill.com

At 2 p.m., Berryhill kicks off its aptly named Cinco Drinko parking lot party. There'll be an outdoor concert featuring the Tontons and Poor Pilate. The menu will be a limited version, offering fish tacos, tamales, street tacos and bar bites as well as $3 frozen margaritas and $2 Modelo Especial. There'll also be a sneak peak at Buffalo Bayou's new summer brew. The evening comes to a close at 8 p.m.

Bodegas Taco Shop

1200 Binz #160, 713-528-6102

www.bodegastacoshop.com

Bodegas' annual street festival is back with authentic street tacos, drink specials, traditional Spanish dancing, and piñata breaking. There's a moonwalk for the kids, while adults will enjoy the live DJ from 1 to 5 p.m., the live rock music from 6 to 9 p.m. and the mariachi band from 9 to 10 p.m. Tequila will be served throughout the night.

BOX 13 ArtSpace

6700 Harrisburg, 713-533-8692

www.box13artspace.com

The Empty Box Ole!, BOX 13's annual fund­raiser, kicks off at 7 p.m. for a night of entertainment, art and plenty of refreshments. Visitors will enjoy Conjunto and Tejano music while partaking of margaritas, beer and Mexican food. The event will feature a silent auction with art from local contributors, the Poor Man's raffle (for $5, you can throw your name in the hat for a prime work of art by a BOX13 artist), $1-a-swing piñatas and the infamous Mystery Box, which lets anyone with $25 to spare walk away with art. The evening's activities conclude at 9:30 p.m.

Cadillac Bar

1802 Shepherd, 713-862-2020

www.cadillacbar.com

For its south-of-the-border bash, the Cadillac Bar invites customers to enjoy live entertainment from a DJ, specials on margaritas and buckets of beer, and its Outside Beer Party Car with tap beer specials all night long. The festivities run from 6 p.m. to midnight and will include appetizers and special giveaways.

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