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Hyde Park celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a neighborhood pub crawl

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  May 3, 2011 04:19 PM

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Neighborhood residents will be donning sombreros and shaking their maracas on Thursday, as Hyde Park Main Streets brings its first Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl to Cleary and Logan squares.

The pub crawl will start at 7 p.m. at Annabelle’s Restaurant on Hyde Park Avenue and move around the corner to The Hyde at 8 p.m., continuing onto Fairmount Avenue to Rincón Caribeño Restaurante & Night Club at 9 p.m. and then to Townsend’s Restaurant at 10.

All the restaurants will feature Mexican food and music for the occasion, with Townsend’s offering a special margarita and Rincón Caribeño presenting a live musical performance (the others will play recorded music).

The idea for the event came out of the successful Holiday Carol Pub Crawl Hyde Park Main Streets hosted last December.

“Everyone had a great time, so we said let’s do it again when the weather’s nice,” said Patrice Gattozzi, executive director of the organization. “It was definitely driven by the community.”

Gattozzi said the holiday event was an opportunity for neighborhood residents to meet and build friendships, and she hopes Cinco de Mayo will be the same.

“Last time, people got to know each other that had never met, they were just … neighbors, and they came and just really built relationships, and it was a bonding time,” she said. “It was a great time to go into the different restaurants. If you haven’t been there, you get to try out their food.”

Tickets for the pub crawl are $10 and are available at 617-361-6964 or at the door. Participants are encouraged to wear sombreros, though Gattozzi has a few extras to lend, plus maracas to help create a festive mood. At each stop, there will be a raffle for a gift certificate to that restaurant.

Gattozzi said the event is intended to encourage residents to support local business but also to celebrate the more varied dining options that have come to the neighborhood in the past few years.

“We didn’t have that before, so we really want people to see that, and that there is a lot to do,” Gattozzi said. “Hyde Park really is a place of entertainment and dining, so we wanted to take advantage and show that off. And really just build community spirit. That’s a big part of it.”

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Rincón Caribeño Restaurante & Night Club at 18 Fairmount Ave. will feature live music as part of Hyde Park Main Streets’ Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl.

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