Richmond Mayor Tom Butt estimated online that about 40,000 people attended the 23rd Street Merchants Association’s annual Cinco de Mayo festival on Sunday.
The event was called a success by both organizers and festival-goers, and the Richmond Police Department reported that things remained peaceful despite the large number of attendees along 23rd Street between Clinton and Rheem avenues.
“Seemed like it was a larger turn out this year,” Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said, adding, “Arrests were minimal.”
In a speech during the festival, Richmond police Chief Allwyn Brown thanked residents and visitors for another year of family-friendly celebration.
Revelers battled unseasonably warm weather with umbrellas, but that didn’t stop folks from dancing or going to town on spicy authentic Mexican foods — there were some 300 festival vendors this year. Live music persistently filled the air and a festive, colorful atmosphere kept the massive party going from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The festival offered all sorts of activities for the whole family, including live concerts, dance performances, Lucha libre wrestling matches, a classic car show, kids activities and so on.
“I just want to thank all the volunteers, all the sponsors, and everybody who helped to put this on,” Mayor Butt said. “And I want to thank all of you for coming to the great city of Richmond. Coming here, having fun and making Richmond look really good.”
Sunday’s event was preceded by an equally successful parade on Saturday that ended with a festival in San Pablo.
Sponsors and supporters of Sunday’s Cinco de Mayo festival included Chevron Richmond, Azteca 50, Sims Metal Management, 93.3 Raza, City of Richmond, Connie Tritt CPA, First Bank and more!
Some photos below provided by the city, Mayor Butt, and Chevron Richmond:
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