Casinos observe Cinco de Mayo (ole!)

May 2, 2005 1:53 AM

Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexicans over the French army at the battle of Puebla in 1862. Each year, the holiday is widely celebrated throughout Mexico and in many U.S. cities, including Las Vegas.

Isla Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar at TI (Treasure Island) throws its sombrero into the fiesta ring from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m., when Isla will offer a special menu, $5 house Margaritas plus a roving Mariachi Band. And Isla’s own tequila goddess will be on hand to decipher the mysteries of the rum drink and create the "perfect" margarita.

The Aladdin will present Mariachi, The Spirit of Mexico, with four consecutive nightly shows beginning Thursday, May 5. Each performance will be at 8 p.m. nightly. Tickets are $65, $55, $45 and $35, plus limited VIP seating for $75.

Texas Station is celebrating by serving $1.99 frozen Margaritas at most of the casino bars all month.

Mother’s Day is also celebrated this weekend (Sunday, May 8), and there are plenty of excellent buffets and specials being served around town.

For instance, the acclaimed Twin Creeks at Silverton will be open for brunch at $16 per person on Mother’s Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The traditional dinner menu, with additional Mother’s Day entrée items, will be available from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Silverton’s All-American Buffet will serve Mother’s Day brunch from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for $11.95 per person.

The Palms Casino Resort’s Fantasy Market Buffet will serve special Mother’s Day dishes on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for only $15.99 per person. The menu consists of assorted cold salads, peel and eat shrimp, cold crab legs and claws, chicken breast with wild mushrooms, duck with cherry sauce, grilled lamb chops, steamed clams, plenty of fresh vegetables, sweet potatoes and much more. A carving station will be serving roasted prime rib, smoked breast of turkey and honey glazed ham.

Next week, Las Vegas will celebrate its 100th birthday at the Fremont Street Experience with great free concerts and activities, May 12-14. The centennial celebration on Fremont Street kicks off Thursday, May 12 with Very Vegas and John Encino taking the stage at 6 p.m. and The Verge and Tony Marques performing at 9 p.m.

On Friday, May 13, Paul Revere and the Raiders will bring their fast-paced rock and roll to the 1st Street stage while nine-time Grammy winner Asleep at the Wheel entertain on the 3rd Street stage.

The party continues through Saturday, May 14, with the legendary Chubby Checker on the 1st Street stage and country superstar Pam Tillis on the 3rd Street stage. Opening bands for Friday and Saturday start at 6 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public. Viva Las Vegas!