San Pablo, Richmond prepping for Cinco de Mayo celebrations

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Mark your calendars for the weekend of May 6-7, when massive Cinco de Mayo celebrations will occur in Richmond and San Pablo.

The cities annually host two days’ worth of the best family-friendly events in the Bay Area.

Last week, we received word about the Saturday, May 6 festivities from St. Paul Parish in San Pablo. The church partners with the city on an event that includes a parade and festival.

The event kicks off with a parade beginning on Barrett Avenue in Richmond at 10 am. The parade follows along the 23rd street route and turns right onto Church Lane before ending at the St. Paul’s schoolyard located at 1825 Church Lane in San Pablo, where a family festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“This family festivity will begin with an old-fashioned parade with elaborate floats, horses, bands, clowns, dancers, community organizations, and custom-classic cars,” Festival Coordinator Cathy Domon said.

At the festival at St. Paul’s, local Latino bands will perform live, and Mariachis and dances can be enjoyed throughout the day.  A variety of ethnic foods will be offered and children can enjoy playing a variety of interactive games. There will also be many artisan, crafts, clothing, jewelry and community information booths to visit, Domon said.

Then on Sunday, May 7, the 23rd Street Merchants Association in Richmond will hold its annual Cinco de Mayo bash — an all-day festival that draws tens of thousands of people to the commercial corridor.

Last week, the merchants association held a kickoff mixer for its festival, which typically includes live music, a significant variety of activities for all ages and incredible food and merchants along 23rd Street.

Richmond hosts yet another fun and peaceful Cinco de Mayo festival

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