“The Fifth of May” — Cinco de Mayo — is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. After perusing Google images, I came away with an impression of brilliant colors, swirling dresses, long black hair in braids and buns with lots of flowers and ribbons, men in sombreros and decorated pants, piñatas, acoustic guitars and maracas, and the red/white/green colors of the Mexican flag.
Aside of a couple sombreros, I didn’t find much in my runtime for a traditional Cinco de Mayo festival, but there were a few possibilities. Some assembly — and retexturing — required.
Clothing, Shoes, and Accessories – Females
Fae Top V4 || Bodice from Magical Dress Platinum A4 (also the hair ribbons) || Rose’s Fantasy Dove V4 || Cho’s Crinolines 01 || Cho’s Crinolines 02 || Gothic Outfit V4 Pt 1/Pt 2 || Fantasy Romance V4 || Gypsy Leah V4 || Vintage Bobby Soxer V3V4 || Party Princess K4 || Vintage Mary Jane Pumps V4V3 || V3 Mary Janes || A3 School Shoes || Bow from Ama Suit V4 || Red Bow || Egypt Collar V4 || Scarf from Traditional Sailor Uniform A4 || V4 Refit for Magical Dress Platinum || V4 Refit for Traditional Sailor Uniform || Genesis 1 Cherokee Tear Dress
Notes: Most of the women in the photos I looked at wore peasant-style blouses and long skirts with Mary Jane-style shoes, though a few had ankle boots. These are the closest analogs. The Vintage Bobby Soxer skirt isn’t quite long enough for a traditional Cinco de Mayo outfit, but it could also be doubled up with another, longer skirt.
Clothing and Shoes – Males
Notes: Most of the men in the photos wore floppy ties, white shirts, and dark pants with short jackets. I couldn’t find a waist-length jacket, but Still Life and Casablanca coats come closest after hiding the hip bones. This leads to a slight oddness in the Casablanca coat, but it’s not too noticeable (a transparency map would probably be a better idea.) The tie from Casablanca’s shirt piece needs to be hidden too. The Genesis coats definitely need a transparency map to make them shorter. Check wilmap’s portfolio for the Pinstripe Suit’s other two downloads.
I found no analogous freebies for M4. Something workable can be done with the pants, shirt, and boots from M4 Cowboy, the jacket from Urban Wear M4 (zippers, buttons, and waistband hidden), the cummerbund from M3’s 3-Piece Suit, and Lab108’s red bow (above.)
Jewelry and Accessories
Notes: Lots of jewelry, and all very colorful! I’ve used the dynamic necklaces in DS, though the procedural shaders don’t work. A large, diverse selection of free earrings can be found at Stegy’s page. The belt hides a missing fabric gap and has a lot of useful fitting morphs, although the sash from Courageous V4 provides the more traditional-looking result.
Sombreros, Hair, and Hair Props
Steampunk Sombrero M4V4 || Mexican Sombrero || HmHm Hair V4 || Mitsuami Hair V4 || Mitsuami Showa Hair || Rapunzel Hair V3 || Audrey Hair V4V3A3 or at the webarchive || Koz’s Pony Tail V3 || Sweetness Hair V3 || Koz’s UpDo V3 || Roll Hair 2 || Twin Chignon || Hero Hair M4 || Sulu Hair M3M4 ||
Cinco de Mayo Hair Decorations (thanks again, Dollygirl!) || Flower Headband V4 || Flower decorations from Wareshinobu Hair || Cherry Corsage || Gazania Flowers
Notes: Hair styles involve lots of ribbons, bows, and flowers. A number of these hair props are quite old, but can be refitted to newer figures reasonably well. I included a couple sombrero-friendly male hair props. The hair ribbons from Magical Girl A4 also work. The SWAM website was active a few weeks ago, but is now empty (edited to add 08/15/14 that the site appears to be back, but I’ll keep the archive link up.)
Acoustic Folk Guitar || Martin D-45 Acoustin Guitar || Violin || Maracas || Tambourine #01 || Tambourine #02 || Trumpet || Accordion (also here) || Morphing Flag || US Flag || Luna || Haniwa Horse || Blind Fold – Karth || Blind Fold – MDC || Stick from Bundle On A Stick || Easy Pose Rope || Rope || Candies || Pops Candy || Poses for the Acoustic Guitar V4 || Violin Pose Set #01 ||
Violin Pose Set #02 || El Burro
Notes: The texture file paths on the first guitar need to be fixed. I searched high and low for a free piñata, but no luck — I even had a hard time finding a stick with which to whack a piñata. The music poses are all for V4 but can be adjusted to M4. I have no idea why I included a burro…my only excuse is that burros are cute.
If looking for more candy, there’s also ironman13’s Halloween Candy set. It’s not free, but it’s a nice set to have on hand for any random candy needs.
That’s it! Not as an extensive a listing as a few others, but it should be enough to get one started on a Cindo de Mayo render.