The Mile High City celebrates Mexican culture in style
Online PR News – 27-March-2013 – DENVER, CO – March 23, 2013 – What began 26 years ago as a small fundraiser for a Denver nonprofit organization has grown into the nation's largest Cinco de Mayo festival, now spanning two full days of great celebrations and overflowing crowds at the historic Civic Center Park in downtown Denver. Get a great hotel rate at VISITDENVER.com, and make a Mile High weekend of it!
Cinco de Mayo officially commemorates the anniversary of an early victory by Mexican forces over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It has come to be regarded as a tradition of freedom and acknowledgement of the beauty of Latino culture – and one of the largest and longest running cultural events in Colorado. The 2013 celebration is expected to bring in a crowd of up to 400,000. According to the Colorado State Demography office, 34% of the Denver’s current population is Hispanic. This translates into a city with a diverse cross culture of entertainment, food, music, and festivals bursting with flavor from south of the border.
The Cinco de Mayo “Celebrate Culture” Festival and Parade is a fun family-oriented event with special attractions, vendors, musical acts, folkloric dancers, mariachis and some of the most delicious Mexican cuisine Colorado has to offer. This year there will be three music stages featuring well-known traditional and contemporary Latino entertainment. Other events include the 6th Annual Green Chili Bowl Cook-Off, Chihuahua Races and Un Toque de Mexico (A Touch of Mexico). For full event details, please visit: cincodemayodenver.com/events.
The Cinco de Mayo Celebration was started in 1987 by NEWSED Community Development Corporation (www.newsed.org) as a neighborhood street fair to showcase Mexican heritage. By 1995, the festival had outgrown its location on Santa Fe Drive and moved to Denver's Civic Center Park where it took its place among Colorado's top four outdoor food and entertainment events.
“Attending Denver’s Cinco de Mayo Festival is like visiting Mexico without having to leave the country,” said Andrea Barela, Development Director for NEWSED. “The best part – aside from free admission – is that food and drinks are very affordable as people can buy directly from the vendors without special tickets.”
If you’re in the Mile High City that weekend, you also might want to check out some of these nearby attractions:
• While in town, visitors can attend opening day at Elitch Gardens, Denver’s downtown amusement park on Saturday, May 4th. The park features rides that are fun for the whole family.
• Ride a B-cycle. Denver launched America’s first citywide bike-sharing program in 2010 with 500 Trek bikes available at 52 stations around the city. There are 850-miles of off-street, paved bike trails to explore – many of them start from downtown.
• Visit the Art District on Santa Fe on Friday the 3rd and enjoy more than 60 participating galleries, artist studios and restaurants on the First Friday Art Walk (6 to 9 p.m.), which takes place on the first Friday of every month.
• The new $110 million History Colorado Center opened April 28, 2012 as an experiential museum that makes history fun. Soar off a ski jump in Steamboat Springs; don a headlamp and descend into a mine; or push a “Jules Verne-like Time Machine” over the Rockies. Whether you spend time with Chief Yellow Wolf, Kit Carson, or Barney Ford, expect history like you’ve never seen, heard, or experienced it before.
• The Denver Art Museum is one of the largest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast, with a collection of more than 70,000 works of art divided between nine permanent collections including African, American Indian, Asian, European and American, modern and contemporary, pre-Colombian, photography, Spanish Colonial, and western American art.
• Built in 1982, the 16th Street Mall is a tree-lined, pedestrian promenade of red-and-gray granite that runs through the center of Downtown and is lined with outdoor cafes, renovated historic office buildings, sparkling glass-walled skyscrapers, shops, restaurants and retail stores. Numerous fountains and plazas offer a variety of daily special events and entertainers. Free shuttle buses cruise the mile-long Mall seven days a week.
The Cinco de Mayo Parade kicks off the Festival on the morning of Saturday May 4th at 10:00 am.
Dates: Saturday, May 4, 2013 - Sunday, May 5, 2013
Location: Civic Center Park (Broadway & Colfax)
Times: Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost: Free admission.
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About NEWSED Community Development Corporation
Established in 1973, NEWSED’s mission is, “To promote and develop economic, arts and cultural, and community programs that increase income and education levels, and political engagement of Denver-area residents.
About VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau
Celebrating more than 100 years of promoting the Mile High City, VISIT DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes. Tourism is the second largest industry in Denver, generating $3.3 billion in annual spending in 2011, while supporting nearly 50,000 jobs. Learn more about Denver on the VISITDENVER website and at TOURISMPAYSDENVER, on Twitter @iknowdenver and the VISIT DENVER Facebook page, or by phone at 800 2 DENVER.