The festival offers more than a parade, however. Other festivities include a children’s carnival with rides, live music and dance performances on three stages, more than 300 arts and crafts exhibitors, a taco contest and vendors offering delicious food and drink.

The weekend also includes a car show with the best lowriders, classic cars and lowrider bikes. Perhaps the best event? The Chihuahua race at 2 p.m. on Sunday!

the entertainment the schedule is busy all day Saturday and Sunday. Fantasy artists of all types will appear on three stages. No matter what type of music, dancing, singing or other type of performance someone is looking for, the entertainment program is bound to have it.

The organizers said that Event is intended to support the non-profit organization NEWSED Community Development Corp. NEWSED was founded in 1973 to promote and develop economic and community programs that raise the income, education and political levels of Denver residents, organizers said.

All funds raised at the festival will support the society’s programs and services. NEWSED will have an information stand at the festival, and more information is available here.

Tickets are required for the carnival rides, but none are required for the vendors, who accept cash. ATMs will be available.

The festival accepts dogs but does not allow pit bulls and the organizers suggested not to bring dogs because of the crowd.


  • Or: Civic Center Park, 101 14th Avenue, Denver.
  • When: Saturday and Sunday.

Quick check: what exactly are we celebrating?

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo does not celebrate Mexican independence. Rather, it commemorates the Battle of Puebla in 1862, in which an outnumbered Mexican army defeated the powerful French army, which occupied the region in search of unpaid debts.

A common misconception has confused the holiday with Mexico’s Independence Day, which is September 16. The country had already gained independence from Spain years before the Battle of Puebla, which was part of a war that the Mexican army ultimately lost to the French.

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