The Cinco de Mayo Celebration is held annually in Denver’s Civic Center Park in Downtown Denver at 14th Avenue and Broadway between the Denver City and County Building and the State Capitol. It is a celebration of Denver’s Latino culture and heritage that commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, when the French rule in Mexico was overthrown.

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated as a national holiday in Mexico. The battlefield is now a park in Puebla with a statue of the victorious General Zaragoza riding horseback.

The Denver Cinco de Mayo Cultural Celebration began in 1987 and is now recognized as the largest such event in the United States, attracting over 400,000 people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

This colorful celebration includes music, folklore, children’s activities, piñatas, a variety of dance troops and a parade. Mariachi bands and other musical groups provide live performances on multiple stages and many arts and crafts and food booths line the sidewalks.


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