Nine Cinco de Mayo Parties Worth Your Pesos

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Canteen This tacos 'n' tequila joint teams up with next-door neighbor Fat Tuesday for the El Mexcellente! Cinco de Mayo Block Party, which will encompass both properties. A slew of DJs (including Aaron Taylor of KISS FM) will dance hits all day, drink specials like $2 Coronas and $4 Margaritas will be available until 6:30 p.m., and $250 grand prize will be awarded to the winner of a cornhole competition. Gates open at 11 a.m. Admission is $5.

Sandbar Peoria There will be plenty to see and do during the annual Cinco de Sandbar party at the Peoria location of the Mexican beach bar chair, especially on Saturday evening. Lime-bobbing and jalapeño-eating competitions will take place, local bands like Black Bottom Lighters will perform, and a bikini contest offering $1,000 in cash and prizes will be held. A special cornhole tournament is also scheduled for Sunday. Doors open at 11 a.m. both days.

Loco Patron Although most Cinco de Mayo parties across the Valley will afford patrons the opportunity to act like fools (probably after one too many Coronas or shots of Patron), a few will actually offer them a chance to get a photos with an actual ass while looking a jackass. Such will be the case at Loco Patron, which will truck in a donkey for its Cinco de Mayo festivities on Saturday. DJs, drink specials, and other fun is planned. Doors open at 11 a.m.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.