Denver Cinco de Mayo Festival and Parade

Events, Food, Things to Do, Travel Tips — By Jess Steinitz on April 30, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is a day to celebrate Latino culture and heritage, with festivities galore. Denver’s huge festival is on both May 7th and May 8th and is the largest such event in the United States.

Opening with a colorful parade, the fiesta continues throughout the weekend with arts and crafts, Mariachi bands, the colorful costumes of dancing troupes, pinatas, and exciting live performances, from contemporary to traditional, on multiple stages. See here for the full lineup of entertainment.

Cinco de Mayo

During the festival, there will also be a Green Chili Bowl Cook Off on Saturday, May 7th starting at 12:00 p.m. across from the local stage in the center of Civic Center Park. The tantalizing aroma of the food alone should draw you here from wherever you are.

[Photo courtesy of Cinco in the Park]