Memorial Day weekend means rest for some, work for many

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – While lots of people are out enjoying Memorial Day, there are lots of people working overtime to make it all happen.

“Usually the family will get together,” said Theresa Sena, who plans to relax this weekend. “We’re going to take the kids to the pool, and then we’re going to come hang out at the park.”

But for others, it’s all hands on deck. “You know unfortunately we have to thank our families a lot,” said Randy Kenna, Director of Operations for Rudy’s Barbeque. “Because not only this holiday, but most holidays, we’re working.”

Local barbeque joints like Rudy’s on Carlisle, are jam-packed. “Most of it’s to-gos, people letting us do their parties for their barbeques in their back yard, and that type of thing, which is you know, what we’re here to do,” said Kenna.

It’s the same at Quarters Barbeque off of Yale, where the smokers are steady.

“For the long weekends, we always see an increase in a lot of the barbeque orders, the to-gos, a lot of people get stuff for the Memorial Day,” said Jordan Berger, Manager of Quarters Barbeque.

Cooking ribs there takes a lot. “It’s a ten hour process,” Berger explained.

At both joints, the fan favorite is a must. “Our number one seller is beef brisket,” said Kenna. He said Rudy’s sells about a million pounds of brisket a year.

“Popular items are always going to be our beef brisket, our shaved lean beef brisket,” Berger told KRQE News 13.

Lots of people bring the barbeque and the party to city parks, which is another reason there will be clean up crews on overtime this weekend.

KRQE News 13 reported on just how much trash will pile up after celebrations at the park. When the wind picks up, much of the trash will end up in neighboring yards.

“Whenever we have a busy holiday like this, I mean Memorial Day, Easter, Labor Day, Fourth of July, it’s a high influx of park use,” said Jen Samp, spokesperson for the City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department.

The city’s Parks and Rec. Department will have two extra clean up crews Sunday. The new motto is ‘pick up, and pack out.’

“If the trash cans are full, pack out, take your trash with you, we don’t want it,” Samp said.

So whatever your plans, don’t forget to thank the people that help make it happen.

City pools all open Saturday at noon. More than 350 lifeguards are ready to start work for the summer. Veterans also golf for free in Albuquerque starting at 2 p.m. Memorial Day. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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