For most residents of the United States, Cinco de Mayo means heading to the nearest Mexican restaurant and indulging in multiple margaritas. However, the 5th of May celebration is much more than just tortilla chips and margs.
Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday commemorating the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is not, as many people think, Mexican Independence Day – that’s September 16.
In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a regional celebration with most festivities happening in the state of Puebla.
Of course, that’s all good and dandy, but here in Colorado we like to dance, drink and party it up on Cinco de Mayo, and here’s where to go for all the festivities and to get a taste of Mexican culture.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Denver, CO – Civic Park
This two-day event starts on Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. and runs through Sunday. With over 300 vendors, music, dancing and lots of food, this is Colorado’s largest 5th of May celebration.
Cinco de Mayo with Fiesta, Broomfield, CO – Broomfield Auditorium
This is the final program in the Culture-Feast free concert series. Come and celebration traditional Cinco de Mayo with the one of the premier dance companies in Colorado. This production is scheduled for Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Fort Collins, CO – Civic Center Park
This family event includes food, crafts and lots of music. Bring a lawn chair and settle in to enjoy the fun. This event is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2011.
27th Annual Cinco de Mayo, Greeley, CO – Island Grove Regional Park
The Latino Chamber of Northern Colorado is putting on this fiesta that includes everything from a parade to a jalapeño-eating contest, food vendors, 75 shopping booths , a petting zoo and even rapper E.M.P. Greeley is serious about Cinco de Mayo, so this should be a great event.
Cinco de Mayo, Longmont, CO – Roosevelt Park
This free, family-friendly festival will be held Saturday, May 7 and features food, shopping, a car show, a Chihuahua contest and entertainment.
Cinco de Mayo, Loveland, CO – Foote Lagoon
The City of Loveland is putting together this free event scheduled for May 7, from 12 to 5 p.m. This small festival includes music, performers, food and fun for the kiddos.
Cinco de Mayo at the Mile High Marketplace, Henderson, CO
On Sunday, May 1, the Mile High Marketplace and Estrella TV will host a Cinco de Mayo party from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Admission $3, with free for children under 12.
Note from the Mayor: There are many, many more Cinco de Mayo festivities across Colorado. I have no doubt that you can find one near you!