Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby event offers plenty of food and drink

Get ready to drink margaritas and mint juleps.

From Friday to Sunday there are many celebrations, lots of food and drink, wars, horses and more. Fridays are Mexican food and margaritas at Cinco de May. Saturday is his 149th Kentucky Derby, also known as ‘Run for the Rose’, which takes place in his fastest two minutes in the sport.

Activities near the Detroit Subway include:

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Friday is all about winning the war and Mexico. Cinco de Mayo, on May 5, marks the 1862 Battle of Puebla in Mexico and its victory over the Second French Empire. Throughout Metro Detroit, and especially in southwestern Detroit, Mexican restaurants and businesses are gearing up to celebrate the culture.

Mexican street corn in Gran Castor, Troy.

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What you need to know

The Mexican Patriotic Commission of Metropolitan Detroit’s 58th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration takes place Friday through Sunday in southwestern Detroit. The 21st and Bagley Street Fiesta features artisan vendors, food his trucks, local musicians, mariachis, and family-friendly activities. The annual parade takes place at noon on Sunday and begins in Patton Park on the corner of Woodmere and W. Vernor Highways and ends in Clark Park.

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A selection of Cinco de Mayo cuisine in the main town of Clarkston.

Grancaster and Honmachi

Troy and Clarkston

These two Latin-inspired spots by the Union Joints restaurant group, along with several other Detroit subway restaurants, celebrate Cinco de Mayo with food and cocktail specials. At Troy’s Gran Castres, the drink menu includes a Strawberry Thai Chili Margarita and a Blue Raspberry and Lime Jell-O shot.

A trio of Gran Castor margaritas for Cinco de Mayo.

The food special is Gran Caster Elote, a traditional Mexican street corn covered with mayonnaise, queso fresco, chili-lime condiments and sprinkled with coriander. There’s also Perroco his hot dog topped with Peruvian chili sauce, salsa and finished with Union Joints Woodshop bacon. Clarkston’s main town features fruit margaritas, including her four spicy berries. The menu features Honcho Inu, Elotes, Nachos, Choli Sauce Sliders, and Chimichurri Steak His Tacos.

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