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Cinco de Mayo celebration offers food, fun and festivities

Irving—The Toyota Music Factory hosted a Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Texas Lottery Plaza on May 5. Several restaurants and The Pavilion joined in the fun.

Admission was free and there were plenty of activities and entertainment.

Attendees were able to enjoy good food and company as well as music from Mariachi Corona and Fusion Latina. Ballet Folklorico Mayahuel and Tenderemos Mariachi performed on the Plaza.

The Dallas Museum of Art sponsored a preview of its newest free exhibition, Frida Kahlo – Five Works. They had pop-up installations featuring “Still Life” and “Still Life with Parrot and Flag,” which are paintings at the museum.

A “Latin Street Market” offered authentic Mexican goods for purchase. It also featured Mariachi Los Linces from Travis Middle School, and Baila Irving Performing Arts Academy Dancers performing Mexican folkloric dance.

There were also local vendor booths, including one from the ASPCA.

“We’re fundraising for the ASPCA,” Kai Wofford said. “Today is all about fighting against animal cruelty, and making this world a better place for these animals that being mistreated.”

A 5k social run took runners and walkers around Lake Carolyn.

“This is a social run. It’s just a kind of a fun run to get some exercise,” runner Brian King said. “I [decided to come] out of the blue. I have done a lot of social runs. This run is [USA Track and Field (USATF)] sanctioned, so it will count toward my points when I run the Boston Marathon in October.”

The Twelve participants competed in the inaugural Taco Eating Contest. The winner was the General Manager of Stumpy’s Hatchet House, James Corden, who received the title of “King of the Tacos” and a prize pack, which included a stay-cation at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Las Colinas and swag from multiple restaurants.

“Wow. His establishment is called Stumpy’s for reason,” emcee Kwamé T. Hall said. “He just axed the competition.”

One contestant decided to eat one taco and stop, saving the rest for later.

“I guess the tacos were good,” competitor Sam Merchant said. “It was hard to tell, because I was so focused on eating as many as I could.”