Cinco de Mayo Celebrations in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Cinco de Mayo, on Sunday May 5, 2013, is celebrated in Minneapolis and St. Paul at restaurants and clubs, and with a huge fiesta in the District del Sol in the Westside of St. Paul. Here's what's happening for Cinco de Mayo in Minneapolis and St. Paul in 2013.

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Cinco de Mayo in the District del Sol, St. Paul: Saturday May 4

New organizers for the Cinco de Mayo fiesta in Westide St. Paul this year, the festival is being put on by the Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation. Many of the elements from years past are being retained - there will be

The Cinco de Mayo fiesta has entertainment, music, dancing, food, a low rider car show, children's activities, a history area, and a parade.

The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta events are at several locations along Cesar Chavez Street in Westside St. Paul on Saturday May 4, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Cinco de Mayo at El Nuevo Rodeo, Sunday May 5

El Nuevo Rodeo, the Latin dance club and restaurant on Minneapolis' Lake Street has a packed day of Cinco de Mayo celebrations on Saturday.

On Saturday, El Nuevo Rodeo hosts their annual free street party, with food, live music, dancers and entertainment from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. at El Nuevo Rodeo. The event is free and open to the whole family - there will be bounce houses and entertainers for the kids.

At 9pm, evening revelers can see Grupo Esplendor inside El Nuevo Rodeo, after the festival.

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Cinco de Mayo at the Midtown Global Market

The Midtown Global Market celebrates Cinco de Mayo every year - details for 2013 are to be announced. Visit their website for the latest information on the Midtown Global Market's Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

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Cinco de Mayo Food and Events at Mexican Restaurants

The highest concentrations of real Mexican restaurants like La Poblanita are along East Lake Street in south Minneapolis. Try Mercado Central, the Latin American marketplace at 1515 East Lake Street, which has ten Mexican restaurants and bakeries.

And then there's the trendy Mexican restaurants on Eat Street, Downtown and Uptown, like Bar Pepitos, Masa, Salsa a la Salsa, and Pancho Villa's.

In St. Paul, La Cucharacha is sure to be busy. Senor Wong is a Mexican/Asian fusion restaurant in downtown. Most authentic Mexican restaurants in St. Paul are in the District del Sol in the Westside, many on Cesar Chavez Street.

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Cinco "du" Mayo Duathlon, Stillwater

A run-bike-run duathlon held in the scenic grounds of Square Lake Park in Stillwater. The organizers do concede that duathlons have little to do with Cinco du Mayo celebrations, but they liked the name, and in the spirit of the original Cinco de Mayo, racers are treated to tacos after the race.

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In The Heart of the Beast MayDay Parade; May 5

This year's In The Heart of the Beast MayDay Parade and MayDay Festival has a global theme this year, the theme is "See The World". You are invited to watch the parade and then come to the free community festival in Powderhorn Park, with music, food, and entertainment from around the world.

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