Dearborn will be celebrating Cinco De Mayo with festivities at the West Village Commons this weekend; and then following up next Wednesday with a free afternoon Detroit Institute of Arts lecture at The Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, and evening Cinco de Miles races and pub crawl through the west Dearborn downtown area.
For the first time, The Social Connection and Ultimate Fun Productions will be organizing live entertainment, children’s activities, and a 5K race on May 1, 2 and 5. The Cinco Bash starts at 3 p.m. and runs until midnight Friday in the West Village Commons plaza, on West Village Drive, and in the land between the parking decks (located on the south side of Michigan Avenue, between Tenny and Howard Streets). It will reopen at noon and close at midnight on Saturday
One of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ designated speakers, Cindy Patrick, will present a slide show while speaking on Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday in Clubroom One of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. The May 5 lecture will probably conclude, Dearborn Community Arts Council Executive Director Ralph Valdez said, by Patrick taking questions from the audience.
The Cinco de Miles event being put on May 5 by Social Connection and Ultimate Fun will feature a quarter-mile Burrito Bolt race for children under age 12 at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, an “Uno Mucho” one-mile run at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and 5K run and walk events at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday. A pub crawl will follow the Cinco de Miles runs at 8 p.m. by traveling to participating Dearborn bars and restaurants.
“Hopefully this (Cinco Bash and Cinco de Miles) will be successful, and the organizers will come back and do it every year,” said Cynthia J. Grimwade, the Senior Economic Development Assistant of the city of Dearborn. She said the West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority is one of the sponsors for those events.
The live band performances this weekend from 7-10 p.m. will be Body Math on Friday and Dal Bouey on Saturday. Other music will be provided by deejays Tony Tocca (10 p.m.-midnight Friday and noon-3 p.m. Saturday), Nass (3-7 p.m. Friday), Cisco (3-7 p.m. Saturday) and K-Nice (10 p.m.-midnight Saturday).
A kid zone will be open at the Cinco Bash from 3-8 p.m. Friday and noon-8 p.m. Saturday. There will be bounce houses (unlimited pass is $ 5), monster truck rides, face painting and clowns, games (like mega jenga and cornhole), and piñatas for both ninos and adults. A fire truck will also pull up at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Other Saturday activities at the tent bash and festival at West Village Commons in the west Dearborn downtown will be a number of charity contests. They will include Westborn Market’s sponsored burrito and hot pepper eating at 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. respectively, and Dearborn Brand’s sponsored chorizo sausage eating at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a five-alarm chili cookoff with all cinco Dearborn fire stations (sponsored by Westborn Market) and Mexican Fiesta Keepsake Photo Ops by Rock the Booth (and more).
The Cinco Bash visitors are to eat authentic Mexican cuisine, barbecue, and more; with drinks available in a Mexican Beer Garden, Margarita Mayhem, and nine varieties of Tequila Sampling. Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated at The Ford Community and Performing Arts Center by eating light Mexican-themed refreshments.
“I’m thinking there’ll be some tamales, guacamole, and we’ll have home-made salsa and tortilla chips,” Valdez said. “The punch is going to be non-alcoholic sangria.”
The lecture on Mexican nationals Rivera and Kahlo is being presented in connection their currently being exhibited at the Detroit Institute of Arts, according to Valdez. He said that the lecture will cover the difficult but very creative time the artists spent in Detroit in the early 1930s and their Dearborn connections. Among the things the lecture would cover, Valdez said, was the famous mural in the Detroit Institute of Arts Rivera Court, and the connection its creation had to Henry Ford in Dearborn.
“Henry Ford was paying for the costs, so we’ll look at how Diego had to be true to his socialism while dealing with capitalist ideas,” he said. “From what I understand, it was a turbulent time for his wife Frida, but she was inspired by it to create new works.”
Entry into the races that follow in west downtown Dearborn that evening, Grimwade said, will entitle participants a t-shirt, medal and entry to the post-event pub crawl. They will also receive a sombreros and a mustache. Entry into the Burrito Bolt race will entitle the children participating to get a medal and mustache, as well as treats.
On-site registration for the ensuing pub crawl will take place at The Post Bar and Mooses Martini Bar. According to Grimwade, the $3 drink, beer and shot specials will take place at these participating eateries: Bailey’s Bar & Grille, The Biergarten, Liv Lounge, BD’s Mongolian Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings as well as at the registration sites.
Entry is $10 to run the quarter mile, $25 to run the mile, and $40 to enter the 5K; Grimwade said. The tickets to the pub crawl is $10 in advance ($15 at the door), and will cover a sombrero, mustache, keepsake photos, and the $3 drink specials. General admission to this weekend’s Cinco Bash is $5 (3-7 p.m. both days), $10 from 7 p.m.-midnight both days, and free for kids 12 and under (ages 21 plus only after 8 p.m.) and from noon-3 p.m. Saturday. There are also special ticket packages for both days available for purchase on-line.
Contest donations are $5-10, with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit the Dearborn Fire Department Burn Drive. The Dearborn Firefighters Burn Drive raises funds for child-burn survivors and their families, and for burn-prevention and fire-safety education to children and their parents (for more information, visit www.dearbornff.org).
For more information on, and to purchase tickets for, the Cinco Bash, visit www.cincobash.com, To register for the Cinco de Miles races and pub crawl (and view a map of the course), visit www.cincodemiles.com. For more information on the DIA lecture, visit www.dcacrts.org.
To attend the DIA lecture, visitors can find a clubroom by entering the east entrance of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center and walking down the hallway of the Dearborn Senior Center. Free Parking is available on the south side of the building, also in the rear of the building off Greenfield.
The Ford Community & Performing Arts Center is located on the eastern edge of the city’s municipal complex (including the Dearborn Police Headquarters and 19th District Court, the Henry Ford Centennial Library, an athletic field and the Dearborn Administrative Center). It is on the south side of Michigan Avenue (U.S-12), generally across from Ford World Headquarters and just east of Exit 6 off the Southfield Freeway (M-39).
The race route later that evening will take runners through the neighborhood streets in the area generally bound by West Village Drive, Outer Drive, Monroe and Mason. Some streets may need to be closed to traffic for short durations to protect the Cinco de Miles race participants (visit www.cincodemiles.com to view a map of the race course).
The city eliminated user-paid parking in west Dearborn parking decks and surface lots, which means Cinco Bash and Cinco de Miles visitors can take advantage of free parking in a number of areas around West Village Commons. Some parking meters remain in effect to encourage turnover in high traffic areas. However, Grimwade said both decks remain open with 700 free spaces, Parking Lot A is free, and that parking meters still needing to be paid are down the street from West Village Commons.
Anyone having questions on the Cinco Bash event can call (248) 543-1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the DIA lecture, call (313) 943-3095.