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Events 2007
San Francisco
Bay Area Cinco de Mayo events low-key, festive with American flair
San Jose Mercury News, CA - May 6, 2007
After the kids and the adults who accompanied them did some arts and crafts, Assembly member Joe Coto read from a book telling the story of Cinco de Mayo

The human face of immigration raids in Bay Area

Arrests of parents can deeply traumatize children caught in the fray, experts argue

by Tyche Hendricks, Chronicle Staff Writer

Friday, April 27, 2007

Cinco de Mayo Festival and parade is Sunday in Calistoga
St. Helena Star, CA - May 3, 2007
Calistoga’s Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the Bay Area. A big part of the festival is the appearance of the Queen of Cinco de Mayo and her court of three princesses at the head of the parade.

The 2007 queen of this year’s Cinco de Mayo festivities, Maria Avalos, a senior at Vintage High in Napa. The festival at the Napa County Fairgrounds features family activities, food, vendors, musical acts and entertainment. Admission to the festival is $5.
LATINO PRIDE San Francisco Chronicle

Thousands celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Oakland Vanessa Hua, Chronicle Staff Writer Saturday, May 5, 2007


"Surprisingly, Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the United States are larger than those in Mexico. The reasons for this are difficult to assess. Napoleon III was evidently interested in assisting the Confederates once he gained control of Mexico. But due to his defeat at Puebla, he was unable to divert his attention, thus allowing the Union forces to win at Gettysburg 14 months later, essentially turning the tide of the American Civil War. After the surrender at Appomattox, Union Gen. Philip Sheridan decommissioned troops in Texas, provided they join the Mexicans in their efforts to repel the French. Many soldiers elected to do so -- even fighting in their American uniforms. After the monarchy was toppled and Maximilian executed at Queretaro, subsequent victory parades in Mexico City included a battalion of American soldiers. It is believed that when these soldiers returned home, they formed the foundation of North American celebrants of Cinco de Mayo."

SFgate 2003 Editorial: "
Cinco de Mayo Con Orgullo" (Cinco de Mayo with Pride) campaign, to encourage alcohol-free festivities.
When the Cinco de Mayo cravings for chips and salsa set in, consider some of the new varieties of low-fat tortilla chips. ...And for the salsa? Last summer, The Chronicle's Taster's Choice panel chose Arriba! salsa, available at Albertsons, as its favorite chipotle version; for something milder, the top green pick was Casa Sanchez Mild Tomate Verde Salsa, available at Safeway.

Cinco de Mayo California Style

Music, food and drink are heart and soul of a rancho celebration

by Jacqueline Higuera McMahan

"Cinco de Mayo has invaded mainstream consciousness. It has become the rite of spring, with Mexican flavors. We are all happy to be outside and barbecue, hopefully without wearing a coat."

by Jacqueline Higuera McMahan for author of "Healthy Mexican Cook Book"

One of the joys of serving alambres at a barbecue is letting your guests dabble with various salsas. Offer warm tortillas to use as oven mitts

Margarita Jelly Shot? by Gary Regan  the author of "The Joy of Mixology"
"Drop into San Francisco tequila emporiums Tres Agaves, Colibri Mexican Bistro or Tommy's Mexican Restaurant on a cold January night to see how hot the margarita is here."

A 2006 book review of
"101 Margaritas" (John Wiley & Sons, 128 pages, $15.95), bartender Kim Haasarud offers 99 recipes for tequila-based cocktails -- and two alcohol-free versions --

On Mexican Beers by Kevin Foy, Special to The Chronicle

"If it doesn't fit down the bottle and you have to really stuff it in, that's when you know you have enough lime for your beer,"

Partida Tequila.30 minutes northwest of Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city The state of Jalisco and a few regions in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit and Tamaulipas are the only places in the world in which Tequila can legally be made. Any label that has the word "Tequila" on it means the spirit was produced with at least 51 percent blue agave grown in these areas; other types of agave can be used for mescal, Tequila's less mannered cousin, but not for Tequila.
Rogue Chipotle Ale  at the Rogue Ales Public House in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood.


Friday: Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Fiesta @ Cancun Club
Celebrate with Mariachi El Mexicanisimo + 'Shoboy Edgar' La Kalle Radio! Room #1: Mariachi El Mexicanisimo Main Stage: El Grito contests, tequila pours and 'La Kalle' radio with Shoboy on stage and prizes! Plus Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton & Bachata. Room #2:'Mexicano Room': Mariachi, Ranchera, Folklorico, Banda & Nortena all night long music! Tequila specials and dance contest to best Mexicano couple! Room #3: 'Rock Español' room: The best Latino pop remixes!


Details: Fridays, 21 & over, 10pm - 3am, no sportswear, no boots. Contact: 415-285-1980
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Sammy Hagar

Mill Valley's SAMMY

Hagar makes one of the best and most popularcabo wabo tequila reposado tequilas In 2007 , he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame triggering this feature article by Joel Selvin, Chronicle Senior Pop Music Critic March 7, 2007

In May of 2007 Sammy Hagar announced he had sold 80 percent of his interest in Cabo Wabo Tequila to one of the world's top spirits company for $80 million.

Hagar, 59, said he has been working on the deal with Gruppo Campari of Milan, Italy, for nine months. Skyy Spirits of San Francisco, a subsidiary of Gruppo Campari, will continue to market Cabo Wabo globally with Hagar retaining a 20 percent interest in the business.

"I'm still going to be involved, we're just going to do it globally now," Hagar said.




Saturday the 5th of May
San Francisco in the Mission
At Dolores Park

 18th and Dolores streets, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be music, dancing, picnicking, tours of Mission Dolores and children's activities, sponsored by Mission Neighborhood Centers. Free.

Celebrating the rich, cultural diversity of San Francisco, and commemorating the City of San Francisco's own Mexican roots. Get to the park early (10am) and take advantage of free, docent-led tours of Mission Dolores. You can pick up tour passes at the Festival information booth.

The Festival kicks off at 11am with DJ music and activities for the kids. An afternoon line-up of Mariachi music, dance and other performers runs until 5pm. Cinco de Mayo Festival is an alcohol-free family event and on Saturday, Dolores Park is expected to be sunny and minimally will be the sunniest spot in the City.

 Details at (707) 644-4218 or


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At El Rio in the Mission, three bands perform at the decidedly LGBT-friendly nightclub with a cool open air back patio; Heavy Hidenburg, La Plebe, and King City $8. 9pm. 3158 Mission St. at Cesar Chavez. 282-3325.

Esta Noche will no doubt have an extra festive Cinco de drag show, and hopefully some of those drink specials they're known for. 3079 16th St. 861-5757.

Also in the Mission, for a more political focus on the holiday, ATA Gallery will screen new independent documentaries about the current fractured state of "democracy" in Mexico, including the Zapatista Movement, the electoral crisis, and the rebellion in Oaxaca. $5. 8:30pm. 992 Valencia. 824-3890.

Click through for more details on these Carnaval affiliated events
At the edge of the Mission
 on Sunday
  The How Weird Street Faire

The How Weird Street Faire is an experiment in creating peace by the World Peace Through Technology Organization. It is a meta-community formed of the diverse music art political and social communities of the entire San Francisco Bay Area working together and finding similarities instead of differences. For the eighth and last time Howard Street will be transformed into a festival of peace. The How Weird Street Faire is being forced to relocate due to its overwhelming success so it's leaving the neighborhood in style -

Saturday in San Francisco [cont.]
DownloadCelebrate Cinco in the City looking down from the top of the Hilton DownloadA taste of Carnaval at the Ballpark.

San Francisco At Kezar Stadium,
755 Stanyan St. at the south corner of Golden Gate Park, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be food booths, mariachis and other music, performances by Ballet Foklorico and other groups, a soccer clinic and a 2 p.m. game between California Victory and Necaxa, a professional soccer team from Mexico.

Terry Fischer, general manager of California Victory, added, “We are looking forward to people coming out to enjoy great food and entertainment. We want people to know the California Victory is their home town team and we’re not moving anywhere.”

Free to children younger than 7, older children $9, adults $12. Details at (415) 593-1491.

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 San Francisco
Cinco de Mayo Extravaganza @ Mission Rock
Party this Saturday night at the only ALL-DAY fiesta for Cinco de Mayo overlooking the Bay Water!

Main Room: CABO MIND MOTION DJ ALLIER DJ FUZE Spinning Hip Hop, R&B and Club Classics

The Lounge: CANCUN DENNIS GALLEGOS MAURICIO Spinning Salsa, Merengue and Reggaeton

2. Also Featuring a Live Salsa Band
3. and Mariachis in the Waterfront Courtyard
4. Also watch the Oscar de la Hoya fight!

Inside SF's Only Waterfront Venue KELLY'S MISSION ROCK,
 817 Terry Francois Way,  San Francisco


La Ventana plus Salvador Santana Band
Cinco De Mayo Celebration
Saturday, May 5, 2007 - 8pm
Latin Rock doesn't get any better then "La Ventana”. Originating from the arts waterfall and cultural explosion of San Francisco, La Ventana cruise to a Spanish-flavored mix of pop, rock and soul...

Complimentary tickets are available at the following Redwood City sponsors for this show: Amelia's Restaurant, Angelica's Bistro, Broadway Tobacconists, Beard Papa Sweet's Cafe, Fox Theatre, Gallery 2611, Le Boulanger, Little India Restaurant, Mandaloun, Margaritas Restaurant, MiMe's Cafe, New Kapadokia, Patelco Credit Union, Portobello Grill, RC Redevelopment Agency, RC Downtown Business Group, Siciliano Ristorante, Tarboosh, Vino Santo Bistro, Youngs Ice Cream & Candy Bar
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East Bay
Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano. 8 p.m. May 3. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way and Fulton Street, University of California-Berkeley. $20-$32. (510) 642-9988, .

Oakland - Saturday This festival, launched in 1991which can draw more than 100,000 people, runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on International Boulevard between 33rd  near Fruitvale )and 40th avenues. The day opens with a 5-kilometer fundraising run at 8:30 a.m. and a parade at 10 a.m., includes family activities, vendors and much musica.

Entertainers include Los Guerreros del Norte, Liberados de la Sierra, Banda Bahia, Banda Perla Azul, La Sonora Dinamita, Amigos, Ojada, Maestros del Folklor Mexicano, Mystique, Mariachi Mexicanisimo, La Estrella Raza, La Banda Incomparable Tierra del Sol, El Concurso del Mejor Grito Mexicano, Banda Cana Verde and Ezequiel Peña.

 Sponsored by the Asociacion de Comerciantes y Profesionales de Oakland. Details at (510) 536-6084 or

 San Pablo-Saturday
 A smaller event at St. Paul's Parish church, 1845 Church Lane near San Pablo Avenue, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this festival also includes food and entertainment by Mexican, Filipino, Aztec and other groups. Details at (510) 232-5931, ext. 19, or 


North Bay
Santa Rosa -Saturday

The seven-hour celebration includes live music, kids attractions including a recreation area, at least 100 informational and educational booths, Mexican folk dancing and other performances and food, food and food. Alcohol is not allowed.
Call (707) 529-8651 for more Santa Rosa festival information. At Roseland Shopping Center, 777 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., the festival starts with a parade at 3 p.m. and includes food, music, dancing, children's activities and about 100 vendors. Details at (707) 529-8651.

The town of Windsor  is holding a Cinco de Mayo festival Saturday between 5 and 8 p.m. on the Town Green featuring food, folk dancing and music.
For more information call (707) 838-1260 for the Windsor festival.


South Bay

San Jose
 A parade begins at Market and Julian streets at 10 a.m. and ends at Plaza de Cesar Chavez.
The festivities begin at 10 a.m. with a parade that moves along Market Street from Julian Street to Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Rose Amador, chief executive officer of the Center for Training and Careers, which has provided job training and placement for 30 years, will be grand marshal.

An outdoor festival at Discovery Meadows, next to the Children's Discovery Museum (West San Carlos Street and Woz Way)., runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and includes craft and commercial booths, food and lots of music. This event usually draws more than 100,000 people.
The 25th official San Jose celebration takes place, however, on seis de Mayo (May 6). It's always been celebrated here on a Sunday, no matter what day of the week is actually May 5. Adults, $2; seniors, children 12 and under, free. Details at (408) 288-9470 or

Santa Cruz Bluegrass Faire. 20th annual. Outdoor concert with headliners McLeigh Hill, the Abbott Family Band, Homefire, R.E.O. Haywagon and Harmony Grits; food and refreshment vendors. Presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. Noon-5 p.m. May 5. San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Ave., Santa Cruz. Free admission. (831) 459-0908, .


NASA released this image of the Sombrero galaxy. The galaxy, called Messier 104, is commonly known as the Sombrero galaxy because in visible light it resembles the broad-brimmed Mexican hat. The picture combines an infrared observation from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope with a visible light image from the Hubble Space Telescope. Friday, May 6, 2005