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Cinco de Mayo Throwdowns

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Editor's note: The Cinco de Mayo celebration on the Grove has been postponed until Wednesday, May 12, due to weather complications.

While Cinco de Mayo can be celebrated anywhere that has fermented agave and a bucket of iced Coronitas, BW wants you to do it with more cha cha cha in your zapatos.

The fifth of May isn't, as many assume, Mexico's Independence Day (September 16), but rather a regional holiday celebrating the Mexican army's May 5, 1862, quashing of the French at the Battle of Puebla.

This year, Boise has a handful of events going on that fulfill the three T's of this borracho holiday: traditions, trickery and tequila.

To celebrate Mexican cultural traditions, the Mexican Consulate in Boise and the Downtown Boise Association are hosting a free Cinco de Mayo event on the Grove Plaza on Wednesday, May 12, from 4-8 p.m. The event promises traditional Mexican music and dance from Danza Azteca Quetzalcoati, Mariachi Infantil Tleyotltzin, Mariachi Juvenil de Mi Tierra, Ballet Folklorico by Norma Pintar, Richie Nav and Deseados Musical. In addition, there will also be artisans and food vendors including Que Pasa, Azteca Market, SABER Foundation, Chronic Tacos and Casa del Sol.

If toe tapping trickery is more your Cinco style, don't miss the Fiesta Carnival at Neurolux on Wednesday, May 5, beginning at 9 p.m. Along with sombreros, pinatas and lots of hooch, event organizers promise "salsa, belly dancing, flamenco, burlesque, pole acrobatics (ahem), rhythmic gymnastics, trickery and lots of hotness." Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com.

If you're in more of a "one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor" mood, Sixth and Main has your tribal-tatted back. Get a free Tequila Crawl toggle pass from Main Street Bistro, China Blue, Front Door, Gusto, Mack & Charlie's, Reef, Dirty Little Roddy's or Tom Grainey's, and then hit up each of the clubs to sample a different tequila. If you can make it to five spots, you get a free Tequila Crawl T-shirt. For more info, visit facebook.com/dirtylittleroddys.

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