Large digital signs on 23rd Street warning of a street closure this weekend is enough to build excitement for Cinco de Mayo festivities. Photo courtesy of the 23rd Merchants Association website, taken from 2012 Cinco de Mayo festival.

Richmond getting ready for Cinco de Mayo celebrations

Large digital signs on 23rd Street warning of a street closure this weekend is enough to build excitement for Cinco de Mayo festivities.

The wildly popular 23rd Street Cinco de Mayo celebration that attracts thousands of revelers is happening Sunday.

The event, hosted by the 23rd Street Merchant’s Association, runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along a one-mile section of 23rd Street and includes food booths, live music, crafts and other cool stuff.

Holiday celebrations actually begin Saturday, however, with the  San Pablo Richmond Peace and Unity Parade and Festival. The parade begins at Richmond Civic Center at 10 a.m. and heads to San Pablo City Hall, and then the St. Paul’s festival lasts until 5 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo is the holiday commemorating the Mexican victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The video below offers a nice summary of the holiday’s roots.

Mike Aldax

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.

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