May 2, 2016

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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  1. With all dues respect, I think that estimate is WAAAAY off. There may have been 40,000 attendees but there had to have been about 40 million cars. I tried getting from one side of 23rd street to the other–for business unrelated to the festival–and the side streets were more than full with cars either parked or trying to find a parking spot.

    Good that the people of Richmond had a good time.

    Don Gosney | May 2nd, 2016
  2. Yes it was a great fun, my concern is the mess afterwards, im talking about the next day. 23rd street was nice and clean but the residential streets were still full of trash , what a mess…

    Sandy | May 2nd, 2016

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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.