A number of readers have asked us this important question: Can we expect another round of massively fun — and massively attended — Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Richmond and San Pablo this weekend?
Local Cinco de Mayo events that draws tens of thousands of visitors annually to the local area will begin Saturday, May 5, with the 13th Annual Peace & Unity Parade that starts at 10 a.m. on Barrett Avenue and 24th Street in Richmond. The parade travels down 23rd Street until St. Paul Church near San Pablo City Hall.
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, St. Paul Church invites the community to its free annual festival that includes children’s games, live entertainment, food, vendors and more.
And then on Sunday, the community is invited to perhaps the best attended and most fun Cinco de Mayo festival in the Bay Area: The 23rd Street Merchants Association’s Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival, which is sponsored annually by Chevron Richmond and other community partners and draws over 100,000 visitors.
The free, family-friendly festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 23rd Street between Clinton and Rheem avenues.
It includes multiple stages of live entertainment, a wide array of traditional foods from local merchants, shopping, resource information booths and a long list of kids’ activities along the street, including pony rides, bouncy houses, face-painting and games.
Below is a video we put together from last year’s 23rd Street festival.