Cinco De Mayo in Houston

It’s Cinco de Mayo today in Houston.  The holiday weekend celebration includes Mexican food and fun.  Above, a delicious bowl of roasted corn bisque soup and iced tea with free chips and salsa at Escalante’s Tex-Mex restaurant at Woodway and Voss in Houston. On the right, a large serving of Carnitas (tender, marinated, grilled pork on a banana leaf) with rice, pinto beans, free chips and salsas at the Original Ninfa’s Restaurant at 2800 Navigation Street in east Houston, outside downtown Houston.

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s surprising victory over the French under Napolean III on May 5, 1862 at Puebla, Mexico.

According to Smithsonian. com, food for Cinco de Mayo eaten in Mexico include smoked lamb barbacoa in banana leaves, carnitas, chalupas, Mole Poblano and Chicken in Mole..

There are several free Cinco de Mayo events today in Houston.  Above, the annual LULAC District 8 Cinco de Mayo Parade this morning began at Texas and Hamilton streets and ended at Hamilton and Congress streets in downtown Houston. There also was the family-friendly Pinata Fest in front of the original Ninfa’s Restaurant at 2800 Navigation Street from Noon to 4 p.m.  today. The Pinata Fest displayed festive piñatas, arts and crafts and had children’s activities, including the piñata game, music and dances for families and visitors to enjoy.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted good wishes, but also a warning:

“We wish everyone a Happy Cinco De Mayo! urges you to THINK, plan ahead, and make sure you have a safe & sober ride. Drinking and driving or cycling isn’t a recipe for good guacamole, it is a recipe for a ride to jail, the hospital or the morgue.”

Have a Happy, Safe Cinco de Mayo!

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