Richmond enjoys another peaceful, jam-packed Cinco de Mayo festival


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.


  1. “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.” 

    I thought that was well worth repeating.
    It’s a great time to live in Richmond.

  2. Instead of celebrating the day as Cinco de Mayo, I believe we’d all seem better informed if taught to celebrate other much more important things that occurred on this day. For example, May 5 is set aside as Children’s Day to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness. It’s observed by a billion people in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. And what about Europe Day, the holiday that celebrates formation of The Council of Europe? This one promotes cooperation between all countries of Europe in the areas of legal standards, human rights, democratic development, the rule of law and cultural co-operation. It’s celebrated in 47 nations by 800 million people.

    Most also ignore Liberation Day in Ethiopia, Denmark and The Netherlands. This one celebrates the day that German and Italian forces surrendered at the end of World War II. Ethiopia also celebrates Patriots’ Victory Day on May 5. It Commemorates Ethiopian patriots who resisted the Italian invasion leading up to WW II. Notably, WW II victory in Europe is celebrated all over the world on days near May 5. In the U.S., it officially is recognized as May 8 but most ignore it, presumably because our leftist education system and big media never promote it.

    These other days in May are at least as important as the revered Mexican holiday. By comparison, Cinco de Mayo celebrates a one-day gunfight that was not a major strategic win in the war against the French. Instead, this day celebrates a morale boost to the Mexican army and generally is observed only in the Mexican state of Puebla – and of course U.S. media and schools. Besides, the Monroe Doctrine deserves most of the credit for that small victory. Ironically, France was our friend during the American Revolution and neutral during the Civil War when the Mexican skirmish occurred. The Monroe doctrine also was diplomatically responsible for retaining France as an ally through the wars.

    It makes me wonder why we’d celebrate a victory over an important ally. I’m sure others have holidays for which they wish recognition but these are the ones I wish big media and our schools would teach our students on May Fifth. Since none of these things are known by our students, perhaps the goal is to indoctrinate rather than educate. As a minimum, I’d advise everyone to forget about this one. Perhaps Latinos and Mexicans in America should celebrate Ocho de Mayo instead of a relatively insignificant day in one of the world’s most corrupt nations.