Well-attended Cinco de Mayo festivities in Richmond described as positive and peaceful

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Police describe local Cinco de Mayo festivities as positive and peaceful

The Cinco de Mayo festivities over the weekend attracted thousands of revelers to Richmond and San Pablo and were described by police as positive and peaceful.

The weekend began Saturday morning with the 10th annual Peace & Unity Cinco de Mayo Parade from Richmond to San Pablo, then continued Sunday with a daylong festival on 23rd Street.

Despite the large number of people cramming into a half-mile-long corridor at Sunday’s 23rd Street festival, there were no arrests or major incidents, said Richmond police Lt. Joey Schlemmer.

“Several children were occasionally separated from their parents, but quickly reunited,” Schlemmer said.

Richmond police officers tried to be visible, spread out and took opportunities to interact with vendors and patrons, Schlemmer said.

“There was a lot of positive feedback throughout the day that families felt safe and comfortable attending such a large scale event,” he added.

Sunday’s festival was like in past years a family affair, with activities such as mechanical bull riding, Lucha Libre wrestling, a children’s train ride and slide, musical acts and dancing. The ethnic foods are always a festival highlight. Along with food booths, restaurants set up tables outside their doors cooking food and serving beverages, including La Selva Taqueria, which had its barbeques going and were cooking lots of chicken.

Check out photos from the festivities that were either provided to the Richmond Standard or posted online by the city.

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