Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria hosting virtual ‘Cyber Cinco de Mayo’ during extended stay-at-home order

Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria is one New Orleans restaurant known for its big, blowout annual fiesta for Cinco de Mayo. This year, Felipe’s gets creative for its most celebrated event of the year amid the extended stay-at-home order.

The restaurant announced it will go virtual with a Cyber Cinco de Mayo celebration live-streamed via Facebook on Tuesday, May 5.

Felipe’s live virtual party will feature performance favorites from New Orleans and other Felipe’s locations in Florida, including Naples, Fort Myers Beach and Gainesville.

Photo courtesy: Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria

Gainesville, Fla. Latin DJ and musician Elio Piedra will host the Facebook live show, which will livestream simultaneously across Felipe’s Facebook pages, including the page for the New Orleans location @FelipesNola.

The four-hour event begins at 6 p.m. CST with performances by Jose Fermín, Will Dickerson, Mariachi Juarez International, Elio Piedra, Bailanow and Matt Freed. The acts will help bring life to at-home Cinco de Mayo celebrations with Mariachi, Salsa, Pop, Rock, Merengue, Reggaetón and Bachata.

 

Restaurant manager Luis Solano says he’s looking forward to the online celebration and connecting with the neighborhood for the annual holiday.

“I see how the community enjoys coming to Felipe’s during this time, finding solace here as our doors remain open,” Solano said. “We’re getting thanked for just offering to-go meals and that makes me feel good to provide great food to others while still having a stable job and supporting my family right now.”

New Orleans residents will be pick up all Cyber Cinco de Mayo feast essentials on Tuesday.

The restaurant will serve to-go orders of Felipe’s Family Meal and gallons of hand-squeezed margaritas to accompany the livestreamed fiesta.

Felipe’s local and family-owned Mexican Taqueria has remained open for take-out and delivery at all New Orleans locations since Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced the closing of dine-in restaurants on March 16.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant says it has also found ways to give back to front line workers.

Felipe’s said it partnerned with F3 Nola, a local fitness group, for “Food for the Front Lines” delivering on multiple occasions, 150 box lunches to Oschner, Children’s, East and West Jefferson hospital.

In addition to giving to front line workers, the family-owned business has been fortunate enough to remain #FelipesStrong and to provide $500 bonuses to all hourly employees during this time in addition to their regular hourly wages.

For more information about the upcoming Cyber Cinco de Mayo, visit Felipe’s website.