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Cherokeenko de Mayo


Sure, the calendar says that Thursday was May 5 — but true Cinco de Mayo revelers know the real celebration takes place today on Cherokee Street. (Before you ask: No, chasing cheap margaritas with Beefy Crunch Burritos does not qualify as a "real celebration," just as being hung-over on May 6 does not qualify as an "actual sick day.") Skip the gringo-fests in favor of Cinco de Mayo St. Louis (Cherokee Street and California Avenue), where the fun starts at 11 a.m. and lasts all the way to 9:30 p.m. Catch great live music on the Cinco Main Stage (performers include Javier Mendoza and Grupo Navegante) as well as on the Gringo Stage (acts include Sleepy Kitty and Lavelle Spitz, with So Many Dynamos closing out the evening). Cherokee Street artists, as well as artisans from all over the wider region, display their wares — plus, stencil genius Peat Wollaeger has collaborated with more than 125 artists to create vibrant luchador masks. The People's Joy Parade galumphs down Cherokee at 1:11 p.m., and includes everyone from Mexican wrestlers to puppeteers to Elvis impersonators. The festival is free to attend, and food and drink are available for purchase at the many awesome Cherokee Street cafés and taquerias. For more information, call 314-632-6488 or visit
Sat., May 7, 2011