Longmont Celebrates Cinco de Mayo, the 15th annual celebration of the Mexican-American holiday, will be held Saturday, May 6 at Roosevelt Park, 700 Longs Peak Ave., from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The event celebrates culture and honors the health of the Longmont community. Enjoy food, shopping, live entertainment, a car show, Chihuahua beauty contest and free family activities while celebrating this fun holiday!
Cinco de Mayo, is not as many believe, Mexican Independence Day. Rather, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become a large celebration of Mexican-American culture, however in Mexico, the day is mainly celebrated only in the state of Puebla.
Longmont Celebrates Cinco de Mayo aims to celebrate this holiday as well as create a better understanding and acceptance of the Latino community. A diverse culture exists in Longmont, and the Cinco de Mayo celebration helps to bring the diverse community together to educate, share, appreciate and enjoy each other’s differences, as well as give the opportunity to learn about the many resources available to everyone in the community.
Longmont Celebrates Cinco de Mayo has a long history of being a healthy, family-oriented event through its alcohol-free, tobacco-free and now marijuana-free standard. (Please note: In the state of Colorado, it is illegal to consume cannabis in public.) The event includes live musical and dance entertainment, vendor and information booths, free activities for kids, a car show, the famous Chihuahua beauty contest and tons of great food! Over 7,000 attendees are expected for the day-long event, which will happen rain or shine.
For more information on this year’s festivities, visit longmontcincodemayo.com.