It happened, y’all: Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday, so you can start pounding micheladas with your breakfast tacos — you’ll have a full day to recover and wipe the shame salt from your pillow before returning to work on Monday. Add on that it’s the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Puebla (yes, that’s the historical event this holiday is based on) and you can bet today’s going to be a Major Rager. This year, the biggest party is happening in Oak Cliff; that’s where Papa Bear Rawlings will act as grand marshal in the big parade. If you can throw together an amazing, quick float, there’s a $1,000 prize for the best. If you can’t, good for you! More free hands for drinkin’. Get more data at cincodemayo-dallas.com. If you want to party more centrally, check out the (shudder) Third Annual Bob Armstrong Queso Eating Contest at Mattito’s, 3011 Routh St. Once you’ve consumed a vat of liquid cheese, get in line for a mechanical bull ride! There will also be tequila tastings, drink specials and mariachis. The Mattito’s party starts at 2 p.m.; visit mattitos.com for more information. Feeling the Uptown scene? Cruise by Urban Taco, 3411 McKinney Ave., for $5 drink specials, $3 tequila shots and $2 tacos. They open at 11 a.m. and will have live music and a mariachi band. Visit urban-taco.com.
Sat., May 5, 2012