Raton's Rockin' Cinco de Mayo

Trip Start Nov 25, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Budget Host Raton (2 thumbs way up)

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Monday, May 5, 2008

How many times do you step into a brand new town and directly into a rockin' party? We lucked out in Raton because the Cinco de Mayo festival was in full swing in the park--courtesy of the Hispanic band Los Diamontes/The Diamonds who provided great dance music. I convinced Mr. B.E. to join me on the tarmack for a few tunes, including "Juanita the Dancing Cubanita" in which we were joined by a Cuban dance couple. We loved the feel of the festival, so relaxed and open to all types. There were ordinary middle-aged folk, kids romping, some urban-grunge youth, some stoned-out music fans: all intermingling without any tensions or problems. We were certainly about the only gringo couple I noticed, but we felt right at home too. Someone even complimented us on our dancing when we closed down The Diamonds, who said they hated to have to stop playing.

The town of Raton is an interesting, historic stop--I hope I can return and do it better justice. The Budget Host Inn was one of the best managed, best maintained places I've ever stayed: highly recommended lodging [and believe me, I've stayed in some bad places--so I know good when I see it.]

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