Denver Cinco de Mayo Festival

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Denver’s annual Cinco de Mayo festival returns to Civic Center Park.

DENVER — The 2022 Cinco de Mayo “Celebrate Culture” festival will take place in civic center Park May 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Guests can enjoy live music and dancing by local artists, food vendors and an art fair featuring over 300 exhibitors. Organizers of the free festival also say to expect carnival rides, chihuahua races, a taco-eating contest and a lowrider car show.

The 2022 festival will mark the return of the city’s Cinco de Mayo Parade, which will take place on Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The 2020 and 2021 events have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cinco de Mayo, celebrated by Latinos and non-Latinos across the country, commemorates the victory of heroic peoples and their struggle for freedom. On May 5, 1862, in the city of Puebla, the outnumbered Mexican army defeated the French forces, providing the momentum and national confidence needed to drive foreign power from their country. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of freedom and culture. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the tradition of freedom and recognizes the beauty of Latino culture.

An outnumbered Mexican army defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla. Led by General Ignacio Zaragoza, approximately 2,000–5,000 Mexican troops fortified the city and prepared for the assault from the well-equipped French force. On May 5, or Cinco de Mayo, the French gathered their army against the Mexican army and began an attack. The battle lasted from daybreak until early evening. The French troops realized that the French forces were losing far more troops than the Mexicans, so they withdrew completely as a defeated army.

Although not a major strategic victory in the overall war against the French, Zaragoza’s victory at Puebla galvanized Mexican resistance, and six years later France withdrew. Later that same year, Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, who had been installed as Emperor of Mexico by Napoleon in 1864, was captured and executed by firing squad. Puebla de Los Ángeles, site of Zaragoza’s historic victory, was renamed Puebla de Zaragoza in honor of the general. Today, Mexicans (and Mexican Americans) celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla as Cinco de Mayo, a public holiday in the state of Puebla.

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the tradition of freedom and recognizes the beauty of Latino culture.

Learn more about the history of Cinco de Mayo an annual celebration commemorating the day Mexican forces drove French soldiers out of the city of Puebla in 1862.

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Cinco de Mayo Festival 2022 “Celebrating Culture” will take place at Civic Center Park on May 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Participation is free.

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