FLOAT | The Commerce of Colorado had as guests the Adelitas of Colorado. (Photo\ El Comercio de Colorado)
THE CELEBRATION CAME BACK TO DOWNTOWN DENVER
Sofia Marquez / El Comercio de Colorado
Denver celebrated Cinco de Mayo together alongside the Hispanic community as their hosts. Although the actual holiday was on Thursday, the festivities carried on through the weekend. The event returned to the city’s center after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Family and friends gathered at the Civic Center Park to enjoy dancing, music, vendors, food and entertainment for children and adults alike.
DANCER | Mexican folklore shined during the celebration. (Photo/Shannon Garcia)
The festivities were not only a celebration of Mexican culture, but of all the rich latino cultures present in Denver. Varied music played through the weekend. There was mariachi, salsa, norteño and many other genres of Hispanic music and dance. It was two days that were full of joy and laughter as the community came together again. The children ran with painted faces, corn in hand, dancing to the rhythms of the culture of their parents or grandparents.
Three decades of celebrations
The weekend proved that this is one of the largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the United States. This event provides a safe space between different communities. Many of those who come to the festival seek experiences that remind them of their home countries. While others attend to keep alive a tradition that is more than three decades old.