TULSA - Tulsans who want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo have three days of festivities ahead of them, with two events that don't necessarily compete, but do highlight something of a cultural divide in the city.
On the east side of town, where one's likely to notice mercados rather than grocery stores, the Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosts an event on Saturday and Sunday.
That festival almost didn't happen this year, as some residents of the area complained to District 6 Councilor Skip Steele about the traffic and crowds.
But the Hispanic Chamber noted that the district has the highest concentration of Hispanic residents, so they didn't want to move their celebration.
In the end they won, and it will go on as scheduled.
Meanwhile, the more Americanized version of the holiday will take place on the 5th in the Deco District downtown.
That will focus more on Luchadors (Mexican wrestlers) and beer, while the festival in east Tulsa provides a more thorough indoctrination into Latino culture.
The good news -- since they're on different days, everyone can attend both.
Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 5 de Mayo Festival is 1-10:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday at 14009 E. 21st St.
Elote's Cinco de Mayo is 11 a.m. Monday (wrestling and live music to start at 5 p.m.) at Fifth Street and Boston Avenue dowtown.