Cinco de Mayo weekend
With vibrant Mexican communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Cinco de Mayo always means a party. District del Sol’s fiesta on St. Paul’s West Side has a parade, low-rider car showcase, live Latin/reggaeton/Tejano music and authentic Latin-American food, plus a jalapeño-eating contest and roving mariachi bands. (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Plato Blvd. & Wabasha Av. and travels along Cesar Chavez St., St. Paul, www.cincodemayosaintpaul.com). Minneapolis’ E. Lake Street will celebrate with El Nuevo Rodeo’s sixth annual festival, hosted outdoors with a full day of live music, folk dance and food (1 p.m. Sun. Free. Lake St. and 27th Av. S., Mpls.). There’s also a mini-fiesta at Pepito’s restaurant, with a taco-eating contest and mariachi band (6 p.m. Fri. 4820 Chicago Av. S., Mpls., 612-673-4098). The art scene gets into the mix via Co Exhibitions’ “Cinco de Mayhem,” with goodie-filled piñatas created by artists. Attendees can bash them open while New York’s DJ Prince Klassen holds down the one-twos. (7 p.m.-midnight Sat. Free. 1101 Stinson Blvd. #2, Mpls. 612-379-4151). Jahna Peloquin
MayDay Parade & Festival
Celebrate the arrival of spring with the oversized puppets, papier-mâché masks and neopagan ceremonies of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s MayDay. The 39th annual parade and festival is a celebration for the Powderhorn community; neighbors participate in puppet-building workshops and the Tree of Life Ceremony, which is expressed through dance, puppetry, a live orchestra and a sun flotilla on Powderhorn Lake. Festivities include music, dance and spoken word performances on various stages, drum circles, canoe rides, yoga and food vendors. (Parade: 1 p.m. Sun., Bloomington Av. S. from 25th St. to Powderhorn Park. Festival: noon-7 p.m. Sun. at Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Av. S., Mpls. www.hobt.org/mayday). J.P.