TULSA, Okla. — After a year-long pause due to the pandemic, the luchadores are ready to rumble in the ring this year. Several Cinco de Mayo events are being held in Green Country this week to celebrate the nationally beloved holiday.
Elote Cafe and Catering, located in downtown Tulsa, is hosting its 12th annual Cinco de Mayo Street Festival in person this year. The event will be filled with Lucha libre wrestling, puffy tacos, a DJ, delicious signature drinks, and outdoor kid's activities.
The Cinco de Mayo Street Festival is an iconic event that people, including the restaurant's owner Libby Billings, are eager to see come back to downtown Tulsa.
“Between mask-wearing and largely serving guests via to-go and delivery food services, our team, luchadores and I have really missed seeing everyone’s faces,” Billings said. “We are excited to be able to bring laughter, fun, good food, and cold drinks to our guests safely outdoors for a memory-making Cinco de Mayo celebration.”
The outdoor event has the stamp of approval from the Tulsa Health Department. While Tulsa's mask mandate has expired, the Cinco de Mayo Street Festival will take up a whole downtown block to allow social distancing for safety. Masks will be on hand for those who would feel more comfortable, as well as hand sanitizer stations.
This year's Cinco de Mayo Street Festival is being hosted on 5th Street and Boston Avenue from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. today. For more details about the event, anyone can visit the event's web page.
Later this week, Broken Arrow's Rose District is co-hosting their Cinco de Mayo Fiesta with Supermercados Morelos, the largest Hispanic grocery chain in the state of Oklahoma.
The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta will have food, music, a kid's zone, dancing, and shopping in the stores at the Rose District during the event.
"May 5 has become an opportunity to make money by exploiting Hispanic culture, but the City of Broken Arrow wants to make sure they are respectful of the culture by celebrating it authentically," says Francisco Treviño, from Vega & Treviño Consultants. "This is just the kind of leadership that sets a good example when we talk about being inclusive of diversity.”
The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is this Saturday, May 8, and goes from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is located at 303 S. Main Street in Broken Arrow.
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