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Cinco de Mayo on Cherokee

The tradition continues. Its not as glamorous as Mardi Gras or St. Patrick’s Day, but Cinco de Mayo holds its own. If you’re looking for an “authentic” Cinco de Mayo celebration instead of hitting up your local Chevy’s, you might want ot head down to Cherokee Street in the South St. Louis neighborhood of Benton Park West this weekend (May 3, 2008). Seeing as the celebration actually takes place on the 3rd of May, its not really a true Cinco de Mayo party, but its the spirit of the event that counts.

Here’s what the event’s website says about this weekend:

“Welcome to Cinco de Mayo St. Louis! Cherokee Street is once again happy to host the largest street celebration for Cinco de Mayo in St. Louis. This year’s festival will feature live music by Javier Mendoza, Tamborazo Mixteco, The St. Louis Symphony, and Boogie Chyld, authentic food and drinks, arts and crafts, corporate exhibitors, and street entertainment. Come and be a part of the real St. Louis Cinco de Mayo where the celebration is about more than just a patio party. The festivities will occur on Cherokee Street between Nebraska and Iowa in the up and coming Cherokee Business District.”

Energizer Main Stage Schedule:

11:30 – 12:30 “Banda Aires del Sur” – 18 piece Mexican Band
1:00 – 2:00 St. Louis Symphony Brass/Jazz Group
2:00 – 3:00 Mariachi Los Compadres
3:00 – 5:00 Boogie Chyld
5:30 – 7:00 Javier Mendoza
7:30 – 9:00 Tamborazo Mixteco

For directions or more information, check out the official event website. For more on the area and the event you can check out my previous post on last year’s Cinco de Mayo as well.

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