Cinco de Mayo

Featuring food, dancers, and a live mariachi band, Estes Park’s Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration will take place this Monday, May 6 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. This year’s event is being held one day after the traditional “Cinco” and will happen at the Estes Park Events Center located at Stanley Fairgrounds.

Food will be served from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., followed by a live performance later that evening by Mariachi Luna, offering the rich tradition of mariachi music. The evening will also include a performance by the dancers from Grupo Folklorico México Lindo of Longmont, led by dance instructor Hugo Esquivel. For the past six years, the group has been performing throughout Colorado.

This year’s event includes door prizes, a photo booth, and additional music by DJ La Tocada.

“Cinco de Mayo” recalls a day in 1862 when French forces attempted to seize the small town of Puebla, Mexico. The Mexican troops, comprised of local farmers and villagers, prevailed against a much stronger invading army, and their unlikely victory inspires pride still to this day. Much like St. Patrick’s Day, “Cinco” has grown into annual tradition enjoyed by many cultures worldwide.

Major sponsors for this year’s event are Mountain Home Cafe, the Village Thrift Shop, the Estes Park Education Foundation, and Estes Valley Recreation and Park District. Additional partners who will be on hand at the event include the school Mental Health Awareness program in conjunction with SummitStone Health Partners, Salud Family Health Center, Estes Park Paramedics, the Estes Park Police Department, and rangers from Rocky Mountain National Park.

In addition, the “Cinco” committee is working with the League of Women Voters’ Recycling Committee to help make this year’s celebration an eco-friendly event. Serving materials will be compost-friendly, and refuse will be taken to a regional composting site after the event. All families will receive a re-usable shopping bag to take home, while supplies last.

Note: no alcohol is being served at this family-friendly event.

The public is encouraged to attend on May 6. In addition to food and music, “Cinco” provides an opportunity for all ages to come together in activities, conversation, and civic pride.

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