Sunday, May 19, 2024

Annual 2-Day Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Returns to Ferndale

Experience the vibrant celebration of Mexican culture at Mezcal Mexican Bar & Kitchen’s second annual Cinco de Mayo Festival in Ferndale.

Get ready for a vibrant celebration as Mezcal Mexican Bar & Kitchen gears up for its second Cinco de Mayo Festival in Ferndale. The event, scheduled for May 4-5 on East Nine Mile Road between Woodward Avenue and Bermuda, is expected to draw thousands of attendees.

Ferndale’s special events director, Michael Lary, reminisced about last year’s festival, which attracted nearly 10,000 people. Due to overwhelming numbers, the fire department had to restrict further entry at one point.

This year, the festival footprint expands to include the Ferndale Public Library parking lot. Admission is free, promising a two-day extravaganza of authentic Mexican cuisine, live music, dance performances, DJs, and even Lucha Libre wrestling matches.

Families will have a dedicated space with inflatables, a mechanical bull, and various other attractions for children to enjoy. Sandra Haro, co-owner of Mezcal Mexican Bar & Kitchen, expressed her delight at seeing people enjoy Mexican culture. The festival will also feature two bar tents offering a wide selection of beverages, with margaritas being the crowd favorite.

For those unfamiliar with the history, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, during the Franco-Mexican War. In the U.S., it’s celebrated widely, especially in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

Expect a feast of flavors as Mezcal’s food truck serves up a variety of tacos, complemented by other vendors offering traditional Mexican clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Michigan-based businesses such as Frick’n Good Cookies and Happy Camper Ice Cream will be serving desserts.

Back by popular demand, Pure Pro Wrestling will once again host Lucha Libre wrestling matches, providing thrilling entertainment for attendees. Music will fill the air, with performances by Mariachi bands, Adel Ruelas, and the Trabuco y Son Orquesta, playing a mix of salsa, son, merengue, cumbia, and bolero.

Don’t miss out on this cultural extravaganza! The festival runs from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 5.

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