Cinco De Mayo 2013 Guide

Special Events

Arizona Event Center
1300 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa
Danny Serrano, Richard Galaviz Jr., Manny Llanez, Kevin Soto, Jorge Ruiz, Ernesto Ortiz, and other jokesters will perform during the Latin Comedy Night on Saturday, May 4. 8 p.m.; $10 for general seating, $20-$200 for VIP treatment. Call 480-779-7716.

Chandler Public Library
22 S. Delaware St., Chandler
Pint-size pups both speedy and swanky will be celebrated during Chandler's Cinco de Mayo Festival on Saturday, May 4. The event's tradition of Chihuahua races and beauty pageant once again will serve as its main attraction and offer the chance to witness purse dogs racing their little legs off, sporting fancy outfits, or being crowned as the king and queen Chihuahua. The races will take place at 2 p.m. (with a $20 entry fee). The contest and crowning follows immediately afterward (with a $10 fee). The festival itself will offer Latin and mariachi bands, folklorico troupes, food and drink vendors, live art, a health fair, a lowrider show, and more. 10 a.m., free. Call 480-855-3539.

Morgan Page is scheduled to perform on Sunday, May 5, at Maya Day and Nightclub in Scottsdale.
Morgan Page is scheduled to perform on Sunday, May 5, at Maya Day and Nightclub in Scottsdale.
Ozomatli is scheduled to perform on Saturday, May 4, at the Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival.
Ozomatli is scheduled to perform on Saturday, May 4, at the Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival.

Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival
200 E. Van Buren St.
This annual two-day block party in downtown Phoenix marks its 20th anniversary this year and is planning a ginormous fiesta celebrating of the occasion, as well as the Cinco de Mayo holiday itself. Plenty of live entertainment will take place — including a performance by Chicano rock act Ozomatli on Saturday, May 4, and sets by The Latin Breed and Texas Tornados on Sunday, May 5 — as well as mariachi groups, traditional musicians, and folklorico dancers. Food and drink vendors, arts and crafts demonstrations, and a variety of games and distractions are also planned. Hours are 2 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, May 4; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Admission is free $5 for adults, and free for kids 12 and younger.

Casino Arizona
524 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale
Latino stand-up comics Frankie Quinones, Juan Garcia, and Ruben Quintana will dispense an abundance of chucklers and guffaws during their Three Amigos Comedy Show at 7 p.m. on both Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3. Admission is $19.99. Call 480-850-7777 or visit

Old Town Mexican Beerfest
4341 N. 75th St., Scottsdale
Those Cinco de Mayo revelers feeling a bit thirsty and wondering "¿Dónde están las cervezas?" can head for this two-day celebration of suds imported from south of the border on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5. The repast will include 15-plus beers, such as Pacifico, Corona, Dos Equis, and Negro Modelo. Mexican food vendors and live entertainment will also be on tap at the event. Noon to 10 p.m. each day. Admission is $40. See

Quail Run Park
4155 E. Virginia St., Mesa
Hard-rock radio station KUPD will pull out all the stops when it presents U-Fiesta, a combination mega-concert and gigantic Cinco de Mayo party, at the East Valley park on Saturday, May 4. Scheduled to perform at the all-day event, which starts at noon, are the likes of Stone Sour, Chevelle, Heaven's Basement, Powerman 5000, Adelitas Way, Hyro Da Hero, and others. General admission is $45, VIP access is $125 (which includes five adult beverages, unlimited free non-alcoholic drinks, special parking, and other perks). See for more info.

Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale
The resort's "Release" summertime pool party series kicks off during Cinco de Mayo weekend with two back-to-back swimming soirees. Guest DJs scheduled to perform include Sin City's G Squared on Saturday, May 4, and San Francisco's Chris Harnett on Sunday, May 5. Gates open at 11 a.m. each day. Call 480-850-7777.

UltraStar Multi-tainment Center
16000 Maricopa Road, Maricopa
Such Cinco de Mayo food and drink deals as $7 Cadillac margaritas, $5 nachos, $3 Coronas and Dos Equis, and $2 tacos will be served on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5. Open 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. each day. Call 520-233-2431.

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler
Grammy-winning Tejano superstar Little Joe and his backing band La Familia will take to the stage of the Ovations Live! Showroom at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 3. Admission is $22-$50. Call 800-946-4452.


Baja Joes Mexican Cantina
1927 N. Gilbert Road, Mesa
Food and drink specials, live music, and other revelry will be offered at this newly opened Mexican seafood eatery and bar on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5. Opens at 9 a.m. Call 480-655-1828.

Cave Creek Smokehouse & Pour House Patio
6245 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek
Cinco de Mayo food and drink specials will be available all day long on Friday, May 3. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 480-488-3317.

Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequila
7228 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale
Drink specials on Milagro margaritas and Dos Equis, tequila tastings, and other liquor promotions will be available during Cinco weekend from Friday, May 3, to Sunday, May 5. Open at 11 a.m. each day. Call 480-970-9002.

Espo's Mexican Food
3863 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler
Three straight days of Cinco de Mayo fiestas will be held from Friday, May 3, to Sunday, May 5, at this East Valley eatery and will feature beers, cocktails, DJs, live music, a carshow, an ugly Chihuahua pageant, and both a Scottsdale staycation and iPod Nano being given out as prizes. Opens at 10 a.m. each day. Call 480-963-0207.

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"In Mexico today, Cinco de Mayo means the Mexican army defeated the French army," he continued. "In California and Oregon, the news was interpreted as finally that the army of freedom and democracy won a big one against the army of slavery and elitism. And the fact that those two armies had to meet in Mexico was immaterial because they were fighting for the same issues -- defending freedom and democracy. Latinos were joining the Union army, Union cavalry, Union navy.

"The French goal was to eliminate democracy, and remember that Mexico had democracy only for 30 or 40 years at that point," he added. "Remember, Europe was ruled mostly by monarchs."

French emperor Napoleon III "was no friend of the Union and was definitely a friend of the Confederacy and flirted with the Confederacy constantly with the possible recognition of the Confederate government," Hayes-Bautista said. President Abraham Lincoln never referred to the Confederacy as a separate government: they were states in rebellion," the professor said.

Napoleon III's plan was to instill a monarchy over Mexico and "have that monarch cooperate with the Confederacy," Hayes-Bautista said.