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Cinco de Mayo event picks for Saturday

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  May 3, 2012 02:00 PM

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A look at events happening on Saturday in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Olé!

PAPAGAYO’S CINCO DE MAYO FLASH MOB: Mexican eatery and tequila bar Papagayo will host a flash mob somewhere close to the restaurant’s Summer Street location. Once you purchase a ticket for a specific time, you’ll get notified of the location an hour before it starts. Expect food, drinks, dancing, live mariachi music, and a DJ. May 5, 1 p.m., 5 p.m., or 9 p.m. Tickets: $30. 21+. 617-423-1000. For tickets go here.

MARGARITA MANIA: At Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar, nine bartenders will face off in a cocktail competition to see who can whip up the best margarita, to be judged by TV Diner's Jenny Johnson, the Improper Bostonian's Kyle Wright, and UrbanDaddy's Dan McCarthy. Those competing are: Bill Codman of Storyville, Michael Ray of Forum, Moira Horan of Union Bar & Grill, Mary Whitcher of Erbaluce, Chad Fox of Franklin Cafe, Domingo Martin-Barreres of the W Hotel, Josh Jamison of Lolita, Noon Inthasuwan of Moksa, and Jesse Dupuis of Woodward at the Ames. Bottom's up! May 5, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., free. Loltia Cocina & Tequila Bar, 617-369-5609, lolitaboston.com

CINCO DE MUSTACHE: A celebration of music and mustaches (sure, why not) will be taking place at Great Scott on Saturday. The lineup for the night includes Mongrel, Monkey Knife Fight, Preamble, The Vital Might, and Fifth Freedom at this annual event. Prizes will go to those with the best 'staches, so get growing. May 5, 8 p.m., $10 ($5 for those with real mustaches), 21+ Great Scott, 617-566-9014, www.greatscottboston.com

TAZA CHOCOLATE CELEBRATES CINCO DE MAYO: A sweet take on the holiday will be happening at the home of Somerville confectioner Taza Chocolate. Sample treats and enjoy music by Boston's Blue Ribbon Band -- for those 21 and older, Highland Kitchen bartender Joe McGuirk will be pouring the Taza Oaxaca Cocktail. May 5, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., free. Taza Chocolate, 617-623-0804, www.tazachocolate.com

DERBY DE MAYO: The Kentucky Derby falls on the same day as Cinco de Mayo this year, and as such the folks at Sweet Caroline's are taking the occasion and running with it. Watch the Red Sox game at 1 p.m. and stick around for the derby, which will be broadcast on 11 TVs and 3 projectors. Baseball, horses, tequila, and bourbon: what could be better? May 5, all day. Sweet Caroline's, 617-424-1260, sweetcarolinesboston.com

CINCO DE MAYO PUB CRAWLS: When one bar just isn't enough. There are a slew of Cinco de Mayo-themed pub crawls happening on Saturday. Cinco de Drinko, presented by barcrawls.com, will start at the Hard Rock Cafe at noon and will proceed to Clarke's, McFadden's, The Place, Battery Park, and Side Bar. The Faneuil Hall area will also see another organized crawl during the day, which will begin at the Bell in Hand at 2 p.m. Search all Cinco de Mayo crawls here.

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