The 10th annual Peace & Unity Cinco de Mayo Parade begins in Richmond Saturday morning and includes festivals in San Pablo and Richmond.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. at 24th Street and Barrett Avenue in Richmond and ends at Church Lane at San Pablo Avenue in San Pablo. A festival follows at St. Paul’s Church on Church Lane in San Pablo.
The Cinco de Mayo holiday commemorates the Mexican victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The local version of the holiday celebration has drastically changed from what occurred in 2005, when the festivities became rowdy and led to the destruction of cars and store windows and assaults on police.
The festivities were later re-envisioned as the “Peace & Unity Cinco de Mayo Parade,” a family affair and opportunity to build community bonds.
This year, festival organizers have made it a point to get West Contra Costa Unified School District families involved with the preparation for the parade. Students and their families helped build two floats for the parade with help from the Richmond Art Center, which held classes led by professional artists.
“Our Peace & Unity Parade is intended prompt, encourage and facilitate the growth of the members of our community, and strengthen the esteem of all—at the same time build a stronger civic foundation for our future,” according to the parade website.