First Friday celebrates Cinco de Mayo in York

York Dispatch

York will celebrate Cinco de Mayo during this month's First Friday event, 5-10 p.m. Friday throughout the downtown York area, organized by Downtown Inc.

Here are some highlights:

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The first block of North Beaver Street will be closed to traffic to allow space for the York County Hispanic Coalition, York City Derby Dames, OrangeMite Studios and Miss York County and Miss White Rose, among others, to meet the public.

At 5:30 and 7 p.m., Bertha Palmer will perform as Harriet Tubman, telling the story of the former slave's life and her journey of leading hundreds of people to freedom through the Underground Railroad at the William Goodridge Freedom Center, 123 E. Philadelphia St. Admission free, $5 donation suggested.

The Prison Art Show at The Parliament, 116 E. King St., opens with an online auction, Friday through Sunday at The exhibit features mixed-media pieces created by about 100 prisoners at the York County Prison and will be displayed through July 1. Proceeds will be split between the York County Prison Inmate General Welfare Fund and The Parliament.

Isaac's on the Fly, 78-98 W. Market St., will offer free light refreshments starting at 4:30 p.m. and live music starting at 5:30 p.m.

The Smyser-Bair House, 30 S. Beaver St., will host the Lit and Art Reading Series, with reading by local and regional authors, original artwork, tours of the historic building and snacks and margaritas. And if you really like it, the building is for sale.

In the Royal Square District, try strawberry margaritas at Redeux, 113 S. Duke St., be the face of Frida Kahlo at OMG Studios, 57 E. King St., and enter a drawing for hand-painted furniture at Molly's Follies, 56 S. Duke St.

York Economy Store, 283 W. Market St., will have a mariachi band and self-serve taco bar, plus everything in the store is 50 percent off.

Plus there are beer tastings throughout the area, more sales at merchants and specials at restaurants and bars. Information: