Miami's Cinco de Mayo Party Guide
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It's Cinco de Mayo!
While la gente de México are going about their day, we're all just here, eating tacos and pounding tequila till we drop.
So put on your somberos and lucha libre masks, unleash your inner Mexican, and celebrate the 152nd anniversary of the defeat of the French in the Battle of Puebla at one of Miami's Cinco de Mayo fiestas.
¡Ay, ay, ay!
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The Ultimate Cinco de Mayo Celebration Aboard the Bimini SuperFast. Hosted by Power 96 with DJ Zog. Sunday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Port of Miami, 1015 N. America Way, Miami. Tickets start at $64.50 plus fees via rwbimini.com. When you party with DJ Zog y los vatos locos of Miami's Party Station, you know you're in for una gran celebración, especially if you're on a boat. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo aboard the Bimini SuperFast and travel to an island that's no where near Mexico with music, drink bucket specials, tacos, and a themed beach party, where after a few shots, you'll be doing the Jarabe Tapatío (that's the Mexican hat dance for los gringos) with your new amigos.
Cinco de Mayo Beach Fest. With Gondwana, Bachaco, Ojo de Buey, Uma Galera, Mixed Culture, Kolabo, and Ephniko. Sunday, May 4, 2 p.m. North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-867-2370. Tickets cost $25 plus fees via 5demayofest.com. Aside from the name and Spanish-speaking bands like Chile's Gondwana, Costa Rica's Ojo de Buey, and Miami's own grupo de músicos Bachaco, there really isn't anything Mexican about the reggae jams at the Cinco de Mayo Beach Bash. Unless, of course, you wave a Mexican flag in the air and yell, ¡Que viva México!
Family Style Sundays Pre-Cinco de Mayo Fest. With Fernando Perdomo, Jim Camacho, the Beethose, and others. Sunday, May 4, 2 p.m. The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami; 305-576-9577; thestagemiami.com. Free-$5. Fernando Perdomo's coming home! Well, at least for his Warm album release party. So gather la familia and rock out with Miami's fave singer-songwriter and his amigos Jim Camacho and the Beethose at The Stage's pre-Cinco de Mayo fest.
Cinco at the Jungle. With Cris Cab, DJ Irie, Robbie Hunter Band, Jared Dylan, La Linea, Aaron G Trio, DJ Danny Stern, DJ Drew, Retrokidd, and Javi C. Sunday, May 4, 4 to 11 p.m. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami; 305-400-7000; jungleisland.com. Tickets cost $58-$250 plus fees via brickellfestival.com/cincodemayo. Brickell Fest's Cinco de Mayo party is moving to la selva this year, so head out to the jungle and get peda with Cris Cab, DJ Irie, Robbie Hunter Band, Jared Dylan, La Linea, and the rest of los animales at Jungle Island.
Motown on Mondays 5 de Mayo Edition. With Shortkut, Timoteo Gigante, and DJ Y-Not. Monday, May 5, 5 p.m. Wood Tavern, 2531 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-748-2828; woodtavern.com. Free. Nothing says Cinco de Mayo like sombreros, mariachis, lucha libres, and $4 Hornitos tragos. Oh yeah, and a "special tribute to the legends of Latin music" from DJs Shortkut, Timoteo Gigante, and DJ Y-Not. ¡Vamos muchachos!
Ochocinco De Mayo. Hosted by Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson with music by DJs Bulletproof and E Feezy. Monday, May 5, 11 p.m. Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-695-8411; mansionmiami.com. Tickets cost $30 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Watch NFL macho Chad Johnson trade his helmet for a colorful sombrero and maracas as he showers the crowd in tequila for his Ochocinco de Mayo fiesta.
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