Video! 15th Annual Peace & Unity Cinco de Mayo Parade

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The annual Peace & Unity Cinco de Mayo Parade in 2019. (Photo credit: Mike Kinney)

It was a perfectly sunny day for a parade — but the people would have shined, anyhow.

The 15th annual Peace & Unity Cinco de Mayo Parade brought the community together for yet another colorful, fun time Saturday.

Live bands on floats, youth marching bands, classic cars, motorcycles, cowboys on horseback, elected officials and much more paraded down 23rd Street starting from Barrett Avenue and 24th Street in Richmond. The parade continued ended at St. Paul’s Church in San Pablo, where a fiesta followed.

But they fun times are only beginning this weekend. On Sunday, over 100,000 people are expected to descend upon 23rd Street for the annual 23rd Street Merchants Association’s Cinco de Mayo Festival sponsored by Chevron Richmond. The free-admission festival is expecting its largest gathering. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 23rd between Clinton and Rheem avenues.