Sacramento DJ Enrique Suavé has watched his friend Arturo Vallejo’s Cinco de Mayo party become a huge bash over the last decade.
The little celebration that started with about 200 people is now pulling in a much bigger crowd at the restaurant at 11th and O streets, across from the Capitol.
Suavé has entertained the crowd every year. He has seen support from the community grow for an event that has come to mean many things to those who take part. He said he knows why Cinco de Mayo has become a big party — and that’s just fine with him.
"Cinco de Mayo to me is to remember the battle of Puebla. It’s a day to celebrate our ancestors and culture with music and food and our familia," he said. "To me, it should be a celebration."
Thousands of people turned out for Cinco de Mayo festivities Wednesday. From downtown and Midtown to Natomas and Roseville, they came in sombreros and flowery dresses to dance and have fun.
Robert Velasquez of South Sacramento said as he stood outside Zocalo at 18th Street and Capitol Avenue that he had no choice but to celebrate in a zarape (serape) and huge sombrero.
"I just came out here to represent the Mexican culture," he said. "As you see, I’m the only one out here dressed like this. I do it because it has to be done."
Photos by Suzanne Hurt, a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press.