Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that takes place on May 5th in the United States and Mexico. The holiday commemorates the victory of Mexican soldiers over the French soldiers in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Cinco de Mayo celebrations occur throughout the United States, with some being slightly more popular than others.
Denver, Colorado– The Mile-High City celebrates its 30th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebrate Culture Festival May 6 and 7, 2017 at Civic Center Park. The event sees over 400,000 visitors each year. The festival kicks off with a parade and features 2 large stages providing live entertainment, as well as vendors showcasing handcrafted Mexican goods and more than 350 authentic Mexican food vendors.
Portland, Oregon– The 33rd Annual Portland Cinco de Mayo Fiesta takes place May 5, 6 and 7, 2017 at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. This event is Oregon’s largest multicultural festival. It features an Artisan Village, which showcases artisans from Jalisco, Mexico and live entertainment from some of Mexico’s best Mariachi bands. Kids will love the Cinco de Mayo Funtastic Carnival and the Cinco de Mayo Plaza de Ninos, which features arts and crafts as well as face painting.
Reno, Nevada– The Cinco de Mayo Festival takes place April 29 and 30, 2017 at the Grand Sierra Resort. It is the largest Hispanic heritage celebration in Northern Nevada. The festival features more than 100 food vendors, as well as an array of artisan vendors. Live entertainment is provided from Mexico’s most popular bands and performances from Mexican dancing horses.
San Francisco, California– This year, the 13th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival takes place on May 6, 2017 on Valencia Street in the Mission District. It is a block party event that occurs between 21st and 24th Street. The festival sees an average of 8,000 visitors each year and features an adverse range of over 75 vendors, featuring arts, crafts and foods. Also, there are 2 large stage areas showcasing live entertainment including salsa, Latin hip hop and mariachi performers. There is also a kid’s area, featuring magic shows, crafts and a petting zoo.