Decorative red, white and green streamer decorations shifted my attention to a display at my local grocery store. Items related to a Cinco de Mayo celebration were set out for show. Avocados, jalapeño peppers, garlic cloves, limes and other guacamole making items were stocked close to each other. And a bit further away, Mexican alcoholic beverages were decoratively displayed.
We celebrate Cinco de Mayo but not many know what Cinco de Mayo is or why it’s celebrated. In short, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla where a Mexican army defeated a French force in 1862 during the Franco Mexican War (1861-1867).
Cinco de Mayo is now celebrated on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border and one of the best ways to celebrate it in Sacramento is at the Fiesta En La Calle.
Fiesta En La Calle will bring back one of Sacramento’s larger Cinco de Mayo events. The celebration, which is free and family friendly, will take place on Sunday, May 3 from noon to 6 pm at Southside Park.
The festival continues to grow and this year El Chicano, a Latin rock band that started back in the early 70s, will be headlining the Cinco de Mayo music celebration.
Other musical guests include Dinorah & Crosswinds performing a tribute to Tejano Legend Selena. Also appearing are Sacramento’s most popular Old School/R&B band Midnight Players and local cumbia sensation Latin Touch.
Family First and the Compadres Bombs Auto Clubs will showcase their low rider and classic cars.
Other performances will be provided by the Xihuacoatl Aztec Dancers, Fólklorico Aztlán de Sacramento, Salsa Riquísima from the Del Campo Dance Studios and a special appearance by the current Miss Reina Fiestas Patrias Cruz Coronado.
The public is invited to experience the family festival that celebrates Latino cultures, traditions, art, food, drinks, music and dances.