Thursday, May 8, 2014

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Every year, the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village hosts a spectacular Cinco de Mayo celebration. They have Flamenco dancers, Mariachi bands, Aztec dancers, and the annual Chili Cook-off. It is an event not to be missed. There are parents, grandparents, children, dogs, strollers, people from all over, and lots of food.

While the Chili Cook-off is a delicious activity for the adults to participate in, there are also things for the children to enjoy as well. Face painting, balloon animals, and pinatas are among the favorites. In years past, Carrick has been very vocal about not wanting face painting. I have no idea what it's all about, but he has never expressed an interest in having his skin tattooed with paint.

But this year, Carrick was very much excited about having a shark drawn on him. He didn't want it on his face, though, just an arm tattoo. He an his best friend have gone to the Cinco de Mayo festival every year (except last year, when his BF moved away, but now he's back.) His little buddy wanted an arm tattoo as well. I told his mom, my BF that I would spring for a pair of tattoos for the boys. Technically the face painting is free, but tips are smiled upon.

While we were waiting in line for the boys to get painted, I slipped away to grab a Negro Modelo from the outside bar. The margaritas were $8.00, and I didn't want to drop that many Fun Dollars on just one drink, so beer it was. We had so much fun listening to the live band play salsa music while we waited. Cold beer, best friends, and a beautiful day, couldn't have planned a better Cinco de Mayo celebration. (By the way, it was on Saturday the 3rd, not actually the 5th of May.) Lily even had fun making friends with a young girl who was eating with her family next to the face painting line.

Tlaquepaque is a quaint shopping center in the heart of Sedona, located where hwy 179 crosses Oak Creek in the city. If you are ever in Sedona, Tlaquepaque is not to be missed.  There is always something to see or do there. Visit their calendar online:

Tips for "tattoos"- $2.00
Negro Modelo- $5.00

Balance this pay cycle- $9.00

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