In addition to being fun, this year’s Cinco de Mayo festival by the 23rd Street Merchants Association was yet again peaceful.
In fact, the free family-friendly festival, sponsored by Chevron Richmond among other community partners, might have been the safest yet.
“Actually, we had no incidents today,” Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said. “It was one of the most peaceful, if not the most peaceful CDM events we’ve had.”
Although an official attendance number hasn’t been announced, Tan believes the number is similar to last year’s, which reportedly brought over 100,000 people.
“It’s an ebb and flow throughout the day,” Tan said regarding the crowds.
The free, family-friendly festival, which has occurred annually for over a decade, ran from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 23rd Street between Clinton and Rheem avenues. Per usual, the festival featured multiple stages of live entertainment, tons of activities for kids such as train, pony rides, face-painting, and more, and featured an endless amount of delicious foods from local booths and merchants.