Bienvenido, Ocho de Mayo!

Hola, Magicland amigos!

With all the hubbub around the park lately, we weren’t able to properly celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year. But fear not, muchachos, for Magicland is hosting Toledo’s premiere Ocho de Mayo party!

To join in, visit us at Magicland this Friday, May the 8th. That’s “Ocho de Mayo” in Spanish, which is a language spoken by many people in Mexico. The traditional Cinco de Mayo (5th of May) celebration commemorates Mexico’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on that day in 1862.

But Ocho de Mayo is just as good! Possibly better! It’s even the anniversary of the Battle of Palo Alto; how come nobody makes a big deal about that?

(ETA: We’ve been informed that the Battle of Palo Alto was actually the first battle of the Mexican-American War, and that the Mexican army didn’t actually win, particularly. Still, Mexico is involved! Maybe just don’t focus on the details so much.)

To celebrate Ocho de Mayo, we’re throwing a bueno blowout bash at the park. The fiesta-ivities include:

  • Half-price rides on the Happy Worm train, sponsored by Senor Lupe mezcal. Ride the worm!
  • Deep-fried balloon pinatas, filled with assorted candies and confetti (also deep-fried)
  • First 50 kids in the park get a free box of Mexican Humping Beans (not a typo; our vendor apologizes for the mix-up)
  • For one day, the Whack-A-Mole targets will be replaced with small bags filled with a chili- and chocolate-based concoction to create the Whack-A-Mole (Sauce) station. Protective ponchos will be provided, for a nominal fee.

And that’s not all — in the entertainment tent, we’ll be playing “Biñgo!” all night long! It works just like regular Bingo, but the numbers and letters are read out in Spanish. So brush up on your Español and come join the fun. ¡Viva el Ocho de Mayo!

Whack-A-Mole image via Laura on Flickr.