The food played second fiddle: Mariachi music was the main attraction at this annual Thanksgiving eve festival. True, the chow was plentiful, inexpensive, and varied — chicharrones preparados, posole, tacos, tamales, flautas, chalupas, elotes, mangos enchilados, champurrado — but the enticing aromas of cooking in progress were absent from the concert venue, a school gymnasium. Top: piña colada cupcakes, one of which was my dessert after several hours in the nearest Chinatown. Bottom: one of many mariachi ensembles. When the broad-brimmed hats came off, they were just getting started.
Santa Cecilia Mariachi Fest (previously the Santa Cecilia Encuentro de Mariachis)
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 545 59th St. (Fifth-Sixth Aves., inside Notre Dame Hall), Sunset Park, Brooklyn
(The 2015 festival was held on November 25)