Spice up your Sunday! Head out to the City of Santa Monica’s Cinco de Mayo Festival on May 6th from 12 noon to 5:00pm at Virginia Avenue Park. A variety of amusements await you! Enter your best salsa recipe in the Homemade Salsa Tasting Contest, play Lotería and win prizes, or participate in the Traditional Fashion Contest, and kids will enjoy playing games, rides and making crafts!
This year’s festival will feature live entertainment with the salsa music of Bombachanté, the mariachi band Alta California de Carlos Villalobos, and a Folklórico dance performance by Herencia Mexicana.
Master of Ceremonies and performance artist, Maria Elena Gaitan brings interesting and humorous commentary on the historical significance of this cultural celebration. Of course, no Cinco de Mayo event would be complete without artisan vendors and traditional Mexican foods and treats.
Parking is limited so please walk, bike (bike valet available) or take the Big Blue Bus. The park is wheelchair accessible and welcomes persons of all abilities.
And now, a little history of Cinco de Mayo: The origination for Cinco de Mayo, The Fifth of May, commemorates the defeat of the French army by the Mexicans at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, but not as much in other parts of Mexico.
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