|Updated: 5/06 9:58 am
||Published: 5/05 11:10 pm
Tulsa’s downtown Cinco de Mayo festivals failed to bring in last year’s crowds.
The rain deterred families from coming out. Elote restaurant had its annual festival blocking off the streets along Boston and 3rd Street. The rain washed out some of the main entertainment, which was supposed to be a soccer field in the street for the children to play on.
“Last year we had close to 3,000 people come through, but then again it was sunny and Cinco de Mayo was on a Saturday night,” said Audrey Meshek, Elote’s manager.
Even with the smaller crowds, Elote still had their private security, including four Tulsa police officers patrolling that evening.
“Every bartender needs to be checking for the Miller Lite wrist band,” said Meshek. “We are carding people when they enter the barricades, and then putting a wrist band on them if they are 21 and want to drink.”
Tulsa police reported only 15 DUI arrests from Friday night at 6:00 to Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. TPD said they believe the weather kept people from drinking and driving all weekend.
Elote built their luchador ring inside the barricades and on the street. The “supervised” fighting is known as Mexican wrestling. Many fans cheered on their favorite luchador and also wore masks that vendors within the barricades were selling.