cinco de mayo festivities in detroit: a photo essay

Detroit has a thriving Mexicantown– in fact, it’s one of the most stable neighborhoods in the city- and every year they host a parade and festival to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. These photos were taken on Sunday, May 3. I missed the parade, but spent a couple hours with Marvin and his mom in Clark Park enjoying the festivities and food.

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A high school orchestra and a karaoke mariachi provided musical entertainment…

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…unfortunately, this guy was a pretty awful singer!

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It wouldn’t be a festival without something deep-fried.

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This vendor was selling duro con cueritos, a concoction made of a rectangular piece of fried dough slathered with crema and topped with lettuce, tomatoes, hot sauce, lime juice and… strips of pickled pig skin.  It looked just like squid. I wish I had been adventurous enough to try it- I guess there’s always next year.

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Preparing the corn for elote.  They were selling it both on and off the cob.

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It wasn’t all junk food- the Mexicans are big on fresh fruit, and this stand was selling coctels of watermelon, mango, jicama, cucumber, cantelope and more.

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Whole butterflied chickens on the grill.

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This taco tent was where we decided to eat.  The line moved SO slow, but the food was good.

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I got a carne asada taco (steak; left) and a taco al pastor (pork, right).  They were served in the traditional way, with cilantro and onion for garnish.

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Cinco de Mayo brings out not just the Mexicans in the community, but other Latin-American groups as well.  This group is practicing capoeira, a Brazilian art form that combines martial arts, dance and music.

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These were just two of the many pit bulls we saw that day.

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A couple of the vendors…

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Outside the Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling) tent.  I wish we had gone in, but there was a really long line.

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On the way out of town we stopped for a minute at La Colmena (The Honeybee), a great Mexican grocery.  They had a band and food and tables set up outside.

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Across the street from the Honeybee, you can see the back of Detroit’s Central Station, or what’s left of  it.

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2 responses to “cinco de mayo festivities in detroit: a photo essay

  1. seemed like a very awesome moment! every food looks delish! 😀

  2. Love the picture of Michigan Central Depot! It makes me homesick, in a way. I found a really interesting article about it awhile back:
    http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080404/SPECIAL01/804040415

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