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Posted: Saturday, May 2, 2009 5:49 pm | Updated: 1:30 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

It’s the weekend before Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican holiday that’s become a good excuse for norteamericanos to don silly, oversized sombreros and down vast quantities of Mexican booze.

If you’d like to acknowledge the occasion without getting splashed with somebody’s overflowing margarita or cerveza, check out these alternatives to drink specials at the taco bar.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration & Chihuahua Races

What: Watch more than 100 purebred Chihuahuas face off for prize money, trophies and the titles of king and queen. An accompanying festival features live singers, bands, mariachis and dancers; food and drink; a vendor fair; beer garden and free health screenings for children.

When: 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday

Where: Downtown Chandler Library Plaza, 100 E. Commonwealth Ave.

Cost: Free admission; bring money for purchases

Information: (480) 782-2735 or www.chandleraz.gov

Fiesta Concert

What: Local brass ensemble Salt River Brass plays the music of Latin America and Spain, including the world-famous second Mexican national anthem, Zacatecas, in this concert billed “as vibrant as a desert sunset.”

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.

Cost: $15-$20 for adults; $13-$18 for children, students and seniors

Information: (480) 782-2680 or www.chandlercenter.org

Cinco de Mayo Comedy Fiesta

What: Laugh it up with a Latin comedic lineup that includes Chris Reid (House Party I & II, Kid n Play), Jill-Michele Melean (Reno 911, Madtv), Rudy Moreno (The George Lopez Show, Everybody Loves Raymond) and Johnny Sanchez (MADtv).

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Casino Arizona, Loop 101 and McKellips Road, Scottsdale

Cost: $25

Information: (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com

Eat and drink

Cinco de Mayo Salsa Festival and Challenge

What: Taste salsa, tequila, Mexican wedding cookies, flan and margarita pie from Valley restaurants while mariachis and folklorico dancers perform. Chefs will compete to create winning salsas.

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: El Pedregal, 34505 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Cost: Free

Information: (480) 488-1072 or www.elpedregal.com

Cinco de Mayo Skate

What: Bring the family for an old-fashioned roller-skating party with games, music and giveaways.

When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: USA Skateland, 7 E. Southern Ave., Mesa

Cost: Admission is free before 6 p.m.; $2 after 6 p.m. Skate rental is $3-$4, or you may bring your own.

Information: (480) 833-7775 or www.skatelandmesa.com

Cinco de Mayo Festival

What: Celebrate the day with live entertainers, arts-and-crafts booths, traditional Mexican foods and a children’s play area.

When: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday

Where: Patriots Square Park, Central Avenue and Washington Street, Phoenix

Cost: $5 adults; free for children age 12 and younger

Information: (602) 279-4669

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