Valdivieso says last year’s event brought in 1,800 partygoers.
And that was a Thursday.
This Saturday, expect Latin DJs Chiruco and Karlitos, a nine-man salsa/meringue band, production numbers from Alissah Brooks, a stilts show, a performance by pop singer Brie, “a million giveaways,” and, according to Valdivieso, 3,000 of his closest friends.
“My favorite thing about my party is — the Atlanta community is very segregated,” Valdivieso says. “And my party has everything. I’m good friends with the black community, the white community, the Latin community, the straight community… everyone. It’s a huge party to bring all the communities together.”
Valdivieso is upping the ante this year. Last year, a portion of door sales went to the American Red Cross, but this year he’s chosen Joining Hearts as his main beneficiary with bartenders from seven local non-profits manning the margarita pouring stations.
“We’ll have Papi’s kick ass margaritas and shots,” Valdivieso adds. “Because that’s how we do it.”
As of Monday, April 30, Valdivieso was still unsure of the door charge.
While Papi’s Carnaval seems like a complete Cinco celebration, it’s really just the start of what could be a long evening on Cheshire Bridge Road.
Both Jungle and Heretic are offering discounted admission with wristbands from Valdivieso’s party.
Heretic hosts B.I.G. Productions’ “Bear Invasion,” with DJs John LePage and Sean Mac starting at 9 p.m. with reduced admission before midnight with Las Margaritas wristband.
Jungle savors the Latin spirit with DJ Lazaro of South Beach Miami in the booth and a performance by “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” alum Phoenix. Like the Heretic, Jungle offers reduced admission before midnight with proof of party from Las Margaritas.
If that’s not enough to satiate your Cinco appetite, Xion keeps the party going past 3 a.m. with a birthday performance by DJ Power Infiniti.
Take advantage of this Saturday’s festivities, party people. Cinco de Mayo falls on a school night until Friday, May 5, 2017.
The Hideaway 1544 Piedmont Road, Ste. 124 Atlanta, GA 30324 www.atlantahideaway.com Cinco de Mayo Party, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Beer Buckets $16-18 (five beers for the cost of four) Tacos and nachos bar Margarita Jell-O shooters sold by Twisters Softball Team Cinco de Mayo raffle
Jungle 2115 Faulkner Road Atlanta, GA 30324 www.jungleclubatlanta.com Doors at 10 p.m. DJ Lazaro (South Beach, Miami) Performance by Phoenix Reduced admission with Las Margaritas wrist band
Xion 2241 Faulkner Road Atlanta, GA 30324 DJ Power Infiniti 3 a.m. (Sunday morning)
Mary’s 1287 Glenwood Ave. Atlanta, GA 30316 www.marysatlanta.com http://on.fb.me/HTQVSN Cinco de Mayo Blowout Tequila and Corona specials Atlanta Bucks raising money behind the bar upstairs Beware of Dog selling nachos and hot dogs outside
Heretic 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road Atlanta, GA 30324 www.hereticatlanta.com 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. Official after party for Las Margaritas event B.I.G. Productions presents “Bear Invasion” DJ/Producer John LePage and DJ Sean Mac Reduced admission before midnight with Las Margaritas wristband