Katie McQuaid’s Scene in Manchester: One of the city’s best Cinco de Mayos returns

Cinco de Mayo is back. Of course the annual celebration of Mexican culture and heritage never disappeared. People all over the country love to use the anniversary of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France as a great excuse for margaritas and tacos. But one of Manchester’s best Cinco de Mayo celebrations, held by Families in Transition – New Horizons, is returning after three-year hiatus.

“’When are you bringing your Cinco de Mayo event back?’ has been a recurring question we’ve been getting over the last few years,” said Maureen Beauregard, president and founder of Families in Transition – New Horizons. “So, we’re bringing it back, bigger and better than ever before.”

What excites me the most about the return of this event (besides more money going to help the homeless in Manchester, Concord and Dover) is Families in Transition – New Horizons’s choice of venue.

Organizers say they are transforming the space of the former Namco Pools at 140 March Ave., near Home Depot. The space is being donated by a board member.

“We always try to find a unique space to do our events,” said Michele Talwani, vice president of marketing and economic development. “It provides our guests with something different. They don’t know what to expect.”

I sing the praises of anyone who can find a new space to hold an event in Manchester. The Radisson needs competition.

The celebration will include dinner, live entertainment by the Michael Vincent Band, dancing, a live auction, and the chance to pick from almost 100 prizes on the “Game of Chance Cactus.”

If you haven’t already figured it out, Families in Transition – New Horizons’s Cinco de Mayo event is being held on Friday, May 5. A $50 general admission ticket will get you 6:30 p.m. access and a $75 VIP ticket gets you in an hour early.

Visit www.fitnh.org/cinco to purchase tickets.

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