Arriba! The Cinco de Mayo Salute will be on Tuesday, May 5. A colorful celebration of a rich Hispanic heritage, with roots that run deep in the Verde Valley. It is no wonder that Cinco de Mayo is much anticipated throughout the region. The celebration begins at Verde Canyon Railroad before the train even departs the station. The rhythmic vitality of Mariachi music sets the toe-tapping mood while you enjoy authentic Mexican food and specialty drinks from the Copper Spike Café.

On the patio the fabulous lunch fiesta, available for purchase, will be tacos, rice and beans, Margaritas and Mexican Beer.

Cinco de Mayo is a national patriotic holiday commemorating a significant event in the history of Mexico. On May 5, 1862, the Battle of Puebla was a victory won against overwhelming odds. Cinco de Mayo has come to symbolize the triumph of freedom, a message that rings true to people of all backgrounds. Today, it is recognized as an opportunity to come together and celebrate Hispanic culture with food, drink, music and friends.

The festivities continue as the train clickety-clacks into the lush backcountry carved by the Verde River. Historical narration creates an intriguing portrait of the rolling landscape and the rugged people who settled here. Sip a prickly pear margarita from the comfort of the open-air coaches until a seductive spring breeze pulls you out onto open-air viewing cars to savor heart-squeezing panoramas of a stunning canyon wilderness. Don’t be surprised to see eagles, those symbols of freedom, circling majestically overhead.

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