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Bay Area Cinco de Mayo
events low-key, festive with American flair
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
Arrests of parents can deeply
traumatize children caught in the fray, experts
by Tyche Hendricks, Chronicle
Friday, April 27, 2007
Mayo Festival and parade is Sunday in Calistoga
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.
San Francisco Chronicle
"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.
FOOD & DRINK
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.
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 sfgate.com
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?
Gary Regan the author of "The Joy
"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
"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,"
minutes northwest of Guadalajara, Mexico's second
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
Rogue Chipotle Ale
at the Rogue Ales Public House in
San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood.
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!
*CORONA BEER: $3 all night with free corona ticket! *
MEXICAN OUTFIT/SOMBREROS: FREE ENTRANCE < 10:30PM!! * ALL
LADIES: FREE @ VIP ENTRANCE < 11PM!! * DRINK SPECIALS <11PM:
SEX ON THE BEACH $5, TEQUILA SUNRISE $4 & MARGARITA $4 GET
HERE EARLY TONIGHT!
Details: Fridays, 21 & over, 10pm - 3am, no sportswear, no
Mill Valley's SAMMY
Hagar makes one of the best and most
tequilas In 2007 , he was inducted into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame triggering
this feature article by Joel
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
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
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
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
|Also in the SF Mission [more at
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.
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.
for more details on these Carnaval affiliated events
At the edge of the Mission
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.]
Cinco in the City looking down from the top of the Hilton
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.”
children younger than 7, older children $9, adults $12. Details at (415)
details also visit
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
CANCUN DENNIS GALLEGOS MAURICIO Spinning Salsa, Merengue and
1. VIP PATRON TEQUILA RECEPTION FROM 10PM-11PM
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,
La Ventana plus Salvador Santana Band
Cinco De Mayo Celebration
Saturday, May 5, 2007
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...
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 Barsee
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
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
by the Asociacion de Comerciantes y Profesionales de Oakland. Details at
(510) 536-6084 or
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
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
For more information call (707) 838-1260 for the Windsor festival.
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.
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,