Celebrate Mexico's journey to independence at Tlaquepaque arts and crafts village in Sedona with the annual Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
Pour yourself a shot of tequila, line your hand with salt and grab a slice of lemon - it's time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
If you love loud, bright and over-the-top festivals then you definitely need to join a Cinco de Mayo party. Celebrating Mexican history and culture is a big part of the Tlaquepaque village vision, an arts village that has been an iconic landmark in Sedona since the 1970s. Nestled on the banks of Oak Creek, Tlaquepaque village (pronounced T-lockey-pockey) not only hosts major events year round but is also home to a number of unique boutiques selling everything from hand-crafted interiors to one-off Native American pieces.
The Cinco de Mayo celebrations are second to none and include all manner of music and dancing including: mariachi music, folklorico, flamenco and Latin dancing.
Not only that, the annual Great Sedona Chilli Cook-Off is also featured in the day's events. Chilli-lovers rejoice in the smell and taste of some of the best chilli dishes in the south-west. But be prepared to pull those trousers up high and flash your best Simon Cowell face as you vote for your favourite concoction to be crowned the winner. A little healthy competition has local chefs working even harder to make sure their chilli's are worthy of a ten out of ten.
If chilli isn't your thing, try some of the Mexican delights at the El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano in the centre of the arts village. Water this down with a beer from the Oak Creek brewery and your taste buds won't know what's hit them.
Cinco de Mayo is a family event, especially at Tlaquepaque, where children are encouraged to dress up, join in with the dancing and take a stab at the piñata. Face painting is also an exciting part of the day so get ready to be creative with your ideas.
Gentlemen grab your sombreros, ladies bring your dancing shoes - it's time to party like the Mexicans. Just don't go too hard on those tequila shots - one shot, two shots, three shots... floor.
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