Friday, May 18, 2012

Cinco de Mayo in Denver...

What began 25 years ago on Santa Fe Drive as a small fundraiser for a Denver nonprofit organization has grown into one of the nation's largest Cinco de Mayo festivals, now spanning two full days and overflowing Civic Center park.

Often overshadowed by the opportunity to drink margaritas and Tecate, Cinco de Mayo is a holiday commemorating Mexican heritage and their struggle for independence. Specifically, it marks the anniversary of a victory over a French army in 1862.

Also on tap, along with a children’s carnival, jammin’ Chihuahua races, storytelling, three stages with live music spanning all genres, costumed Aztec and Folklorico dancers, mariachi, and arts and crafts booths, are a slew of food vendors — hundreds of them — hustling everything from barbecue to burritos, pizza to tacos, roasted corn to fajitas.

While Garry and I favoured the dancing, food and drinks it was no surprise that our children loved the arts and craft area along with the rides. It is lots of fun living in the heart of such a lively city - a quick five minute drive away from Gaylord street. We really had a lovely Sunday afternoon!

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