Cinco de Mayo celebrations returning to Richmond, San Pablo this weekend

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Cinco de Mayo celebrations returning to Richmond, San Pablo this weekend
A photo of the crowd attending the 23rd Street Merchants Association's Cinco de Mayo celebration last year.

Get ready for another weekend packed to the brim with Cinco de Mayo festivities in the Richmond and San Pablo communities.

The fun begins Saturday, May 6, with the 12th Annual Peace & Unity Parade that begins in Richmond and ends with a festival in San Pablo.

The parade starts at Barrett Avenue and 24th Street in Richmond at 10 a.m. It will feature all the usual parade highlights such as elaborate floats, horses, bands, clowns, classic cars, dancers and community organizations. The route will travel down 23rd Street and end at St. Paul’s at 1825 Church Lane in San Pablo. School bus transportation will be available for those wanting to return to Richmond at the end of the parade.

The festival that follows the parade at St. Paul Church is free and includes two stages of live music and entertainment and opportunities to dance all day. A variety of ethnic foods will be offered along with children’s activities, artisan vendors and community resource booths.

On Sunday, May 7, the fun will continue when tens of thousands of people are expected to descend onto 23rd Street in Richmond for the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival.

Running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the free festival between Clinton and Rheem avenues will also feature its typically wide range of live entertainment and family fun, with three music stages, dancing horses, jumpers, giveaways, incredible food, car shows, exhibits and much more. 

Both the St. Paul’s Parish and 23rd Street Merchants events are true community-wide festivals, receiving sponsorship and support from both cities and local businesses.

Crowds drawn to 23rd Street have provided greater exposure to the evolving corridor’s merchants, who often bring their food and goods out onto the sidewalk during the festival, adding a local flavor.

WEATHER: As of Tuesday afternoon, the weather forecast showed a mostly sunny Saturday. Sunday will start out partly cloudy, with periods of showers possible in the afternoon.

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