By Mike Kinney
The start of the Cinco de Mayo celebration weekend launched in a big way Saturday with the 13th Annual Peace & Unity Parade.
The parade started at about 10 a.m. on Barrett Avenue and 24th Street in Richmond, traveled down 23rd Street until St. Paul Church near San Pablo City Hall. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. St. Paul Church held its free annual community festival that included children’s games, live entertainment, food, vendors and more.
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.