Cinco de Mayo Festivities Around NOLA

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Jazz fest just wrapped up last night.

And already there’s another reason to party.

Cinco de Mayo festivities have Mexican restaurants working overtime and crowds focused on margaritas.

WGNO news anchor Vanessa bolano shows us some of the action happening around town.

Virtually every restaurant serving up burritos, tacos and fajitas is celebrating as crowds party this Cinco de Mayo.

At the Velvet Cactus in Lakeview the band starts up just in time for happy hour where margaritas are in hot demand.

General Manager Aimee Sandrock says, “Just on Friday night alone we made, I can’t tell you how many gallons of margaritas. We had them lined up and just making them.”

Uptown the hot spot is Superior Grill.

They have prepared close to 150 gallons of margaritas, but this year there is no block party.

Instead Superior Grill is charging a $20 cover and donating that money to Children’s Hospital.

Manager Brian Whitley explains, “With it being on a Monday it’s a lot of investment to throw that kind of a block party with the whole production aspect of it.”

What may be the most traditional Cinco de Mayo party in the city is happening in Central City at Casa Borrega.

There Spanish tunes fill the air, crowds dance Salsa, and chefs cook up a lechon.

Owner Hugo Montero says, “we just try to share, I don’t want to say authentic or real, but we are! Part of the community too; this area no one really wanted to open any places and we took the risk and we are very happy because we are successful.”