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Cinco de Mayo Street Party launches early at Bodegas Taco Shop in Houston's Museum District May 2, 2014
Cinco de Mayo Street Party launches early at Bodegas Taco Shop in Houston's Museum District May 2, 2014
Marc Pembroke
Chefs at Bodegas roast chicken and stakes on the patio for Cinco de Mayo Party May 2 2014
photo by Marc Pembroke

Festivities in honor of “Cinco de Mayo” began Friday, May 2 in Houston with dozens of public, non-profit and private parties ranging from concerts in Hermann Park, the parade on Saturday downtown, and Hispanic heritage days at the Public library to food and drink specials in local bars. But Bodega's Taco Shop located at Suite 160 on the first floor of the medical office building at 1200 Binz in the heart of the Museum District, has launched a unique annual street party tradition. Bodegas' preview event on Friday May 2 will be continued on Monday, May 5, 2014.

For those unfamiliar with the area, 1200 Binz is only a few steps from the northbound redline Museum District Station and San Jacinto and Binz, a stone's throw from the Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History, Hermann Park, and Rice University. The block is bounded by San Jacinto on the west, Binz on the north, Caroline Street on the east, and Ewing on the south. Bodegas Taco Shop faces Caroline Street in the back of the building, and a terrace runs the length of the structure a few feet above street level. Caroline Street is a divided road with a 40 foot grassy median strip. With the southern (eastbound) lane closed between Caroline and Ewing, the space becomes a safe pedestrian zone with room for hundreds of visitors to dine, socialize and for kids to play. Add a bilingual DJ and sound system on the terrace, an outdoor grill, by the restaurant door, few pinatas in the live oak trees on on the sidewalk, a dozen tables, a mechanical bull ride, a moon walk, and Ana's face painting station, and the usually busy thorougfare becomes a party venue. Ryan, owner of Bodegas, proudly explained that the party has become an annual tradition.

The rides and face painting are all free, and there are posted specials, not to mention surprise fun announcements with various prizes and age-apprropriate rewards offered by the DJ during the party.

For more information about Bodegas, e-mail Ryan and Josie at josie@bodegastacoshop.com.