How to survive Las Margaritas’ gay Cinco fiesta

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The gays will imbibe with the appropriate nod to Mexican history on Sunday -- meaning they will turn a Cinco de Mayo celebration into a carnival-like holigay -- and do so with a charity-minded outdoor festival at Las Margaritas.

There are plenty of gay ways to celebrate on Sunday -- check out our Gay Agenda for the full lineup -- but for the last few years, the Cheshire Bridge Road restaurant is the place to be. With drinks specials, Jose Cuervo shots, drag queens including Mariah Balenciaga, the Willie Ziavino & C.O.T Latin Band & Orchestra, Brazilian samba dancers and Latin tribal and pop beats from DJs Karlitos and Chiruco, is it any wonder?

“This is the time we at the Las Margaritas family like to say come fiesta together so we can thank you and give back,” says Oscar "Papi" Valdivieso, who owns the restaurant with his mother Martha (top photo).

The event has grown from its low-key start in 2009 to a full-blown Papi's Annual Outdoor Carnival Extravaganza that runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and needs a free, overflow parking lot at Heretic to shuttle partygoers back and forth. Valdivieso hopes this year's event raises $4,000 for CHRIS Kids and Lost N Found Youth. View photos from last year, 2011 and the 2010 event.

To help make it through this big gay fiesta, we offer some helpful tips.

Make some balloon animals.


But not balloon blowies.


Protect your nipples.


But show your abs.


Beer is OK.


Margaritas are much better.


Especially in a fishbowl.


Shots are best.


But pace yourself.


Get festive with face paint.


Grab your sombrero.


And your tank top.


Or go sleeveless.


Put on some short shorts.


Cover your lady parts.


Or not.


There will be drag.


And DJ Karlitos.


Smile for our photographer.


Hey girl, face forward.





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