Cinco de Mayo at Greenbelt Chevys: Children Activities
Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely triumph over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The date is celebrated in America as a de facto Mexican heritage day, with festivals and parties, many held at bars and Mexican restaurants. In Greenbelt, each year on May 5, Chevys Fresh Mex Restaurant in Greenway Center hosts a Cinco de Mayo celebration with food and drink specials, outdoor dining, and DJ music. The party usually takes place after work but this year, because May 5 is a Saturday, children’s activities were added.
Banner at Greenbelt Chevys celebrating the 150th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo. It shows a blindfolded, mustached man wearing a broad-brimmed Mexican hat breaking a pinata.
Ponies are provided by Cowgirl Up Pony Parties of Annapolis, Maryland.
Christopher (age 7) enjoys a pony ride.
Christopher (age 7, second from left) and his friend Blake (age 6) pose for photos. Holding the ponies are co-owners of Cowgirl Up Pony Parties Nikki Lawson (right) and Kelsey Lawson.
Christopher (age 7) and his younger brother Robert (11 months)
Isis Guzman puts a helmet on her two-year-old son Elijah.
Woody Lawson and Kurt Ferst place Elijah on the pony.
Keep your hands on the saddle
The pony ride costs $3 and goes two laps.
Mom takes a photo.
Now it’s time to get off.
Mom takes off the helmet.
Sprinkles on the face
Cinco at Chevys Fresh Mex
Greenbelt Chevys general manager Wayne Goldt places a Mexican hat on his son Christopher’s head. Goldt has been working at Greenbelt Chevys for seven years. He tells me that in the Washington area there are three corporate Chevys restaurants and four franchise restaurants. The Greenbelt Chevys is one of the strongest in the company, currently in the top five in sales. He says that they always celebrate Cinco de Mayo on the fifth of May. This year, because it is Saturday he added children’s activities. Some of the kids, he tells me, come from the nearby arthritis walk. (Prince George’s County’s annual Arthritis Walk took place this morning at Eleanor Roosevelt High School’s track.) The celebration continues this afternoon with a live broadcast from MIX 107.3 from 3 to 5 p.m. and DJ music from 4 pm to closing. There will be $5 beer specials and $6 margaritas. Goldt invites me to come back later for more festivities.
7-year-old Christopher with his hat
Tiffany stands in front of her SpongeBob moonbounce. It is $3 for the moonbounce.
Wayne Goldt prepares the Bud Light truck.
Beer is $5 a bottle including several Mexican choices: Corona, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo, and Pacifico.
“Come join the party on Cinco de Mayo
$6 Shots of Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila
$6 House Margaritas
$5 Domestic Beers
$5 Import Beers
Start your morning off with an El Jimador Bloody Mary
Try a Herradura Margarita!
There will be Give-A-Ways & Games ALL DAY”
Everything is set, but it is cloudy. Will it rain? Will people come? Find out in my next post!