Who knew so many people cared about the Battle of Puebla? Celebratory crowds swarmed Santi’s Thursday night for their infamous Cinco de Mayo bash. Tents, tables, and bars were set up in the parking lot, and bartenders kept the margs flowing — cheap and strong, just the way I like them.

Off to the side, employees served up heaping plates of food from a steaming buffet. Dressed in skimpy black outfits, Jose Cuervo girls made the rounds passing out sombreros, koozies, and gaudy Styrofoam palm-leaf hats. DJs played a mix of reggaeton, salsa, and top 40 hits.

An older neighborhood gentleman started the dance party with a cigarette in one hand and a margarita in the other. But things didn’t really get started until they played “Macarena” and tipsy girls rushed the makeshift dance floor. Eventually glow bracelets were passed around, lighting effects were turned on, and things progressed into a full-on Mexi-rave. Arriba!

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