Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at O’Hare; Kentucky Derby at CVG and Louisville

Courtesy New York Public Library, via Flickr Commons

Travelers passing through Chicago’s O’Hare Airport get to celebrate Cinco de Mayo a day early.

Today, Thursday, starting at 3:30 between the H and K concourses near Tortas Frontera, there will be a live mariachi band, a flair bartender giving margarita demos and tastings, giveaways and a musical dance performance. All courtesy HMSHost.

And from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), the folks from Seven Oaks Farm will be bringing by their miniature-therapy horses decked out in Derby attire, because this weekend is the 143rd Kentucky Derby.  Can’t wait to see what they’ll be wearing!



And to celebrate the Kentucky Derby, on Thursday and Friday at Louisville International Airport arriving passengers will be welcomed by live music and greeters offering complimentary Woodford Reserve Bourbon Balls in the terminal’s airside rotunda.

A bugler’s “Call to the Post,” which usually signals the arrival of horses on the racetrack for their race, announces the arrival of bags at baggage claim carousel.

And, for those who may be leaving Louisville with souvenir bottles of bourbon and Derby glasses in their checked luggage, the airport ambassadors will have complimentary bubble-wrap packing stations set up near  the airline ticket counters on Sunday, May 7, beginning at 4 a.m.


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the airport

On Thursday, May 3, 2012 between 10:30am – 12:30pm, San Diego International Airport (SAN) will host a Cinco de Mayo performance by Ballet Folklórico de Chula Vista in the Terminal 2 West baggage claim area.

The show is part of the airport’s ongoing performing arts series.

Cinco de Mayo is also being noted at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. The Food & Shops
in the Central Terminal will be offering some special deals on food and drinks.

Participating outlets include MexiJoe’s Grill, in the center food court, Figs and Jet Rock.

Know of other airports celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Let me know.

Cinco de Mayo at San Diego International Airport

If you’re traveling to or through San Diego International Airport on Thursday, May 5, 2011 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., head over to the Terminal 2 West baggage claim area to catch the Cinco de Mayo performance by Ballet Folklórico de Chula Vista.


“Dressed in authentic and colorful costumes of varying regions, the young dance troupe will present traditional folk dances of Mexico. This performance serves to commemorate the historic Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862, at Puebla, Mexico.”

Cinco de Mayo at San Diego International Airport

Today, Wednesday May 5, 2010, Ballet Folklórico de Chula Vista will perform traditional dances of Mexico in the Terminal 2 West baggage claim area of San Diego International Airport. The performance will take place between 11 am and 1 pm and commemorate the historic Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862, at Puebla, Mexico.

The performance is part of the San Diego Airport’s impressive performing arts series, ã brève, which presents as many as three events a month.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Miami International Airport

If you’re going to be at Miami International Airport on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th), be sure to stop by the Corona Beach House Miami.  The new Corona-themed restaurant in the American Airlines Terminal, between Gates D23 & D24, will be having a kick-off party between 3 and 5 pm with a live mariachi band providing the music.

The restaurant offers a “mock vacation scene” with petrified palm trees and mosaic glass tile ceiling, and a menu that includes Corona beer cheese soup, braised pork shank carnitas and other authentic Mexican dishes.

And while you’re at MIA, be sure to look around at the airport’s temporary and permanent artwork, including Teresa Camozzi’s Temporary Altars, which are mobiles made of chiffon panels in the tradition of Tibetan Thankga paintings – portable references for meditation.

Look for these in the South Terminal J, East Elevator Lobby, near Club America.

The South Terminal is also now home to two giant murals Brazilian artist Carbyé created in 1960 for the American Airlines terminal at JFK.  The murals were set to be demolished along with that JFK terminal, but were rescued, repaired and relocated at MIA.