Seven Must-See Cinco de Mayo Parties in Metro Phoenix

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Crescent Ballroom DJ Seduce is planning to loading up the sound system at the Crescent with a surfeit of sweet Latin sounds during his Cinco de Mayo spin session at the venue starting at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Bartenders will be equally busy serving $3 Mexican beers, sangria, and tequila all night long beginning at 6 p.m. Admission to the event is free.

Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival 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. Hours are 2 p.m. to midnight on Saturday; noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Admission is $5 for adults, and free for kids 12 and younger.

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