DENVER (CBS) – The first weekend of May brings the celebration of Cinco de Mayo to Denver. One of the largest celebrations in the nation will take place in Civic Center Park.

More than 300 vendors and three stages of entertainment will fill the park Saturday and Sunday. The Cinco de Mayo Parade steps off at 10 a.m. Saturday from West Colfax and ends at the park.

There are road closures around the park beginning Friday and you expect to run into extra traffic all weekend along Federal Boulevard.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates a battle between Mexico and France on the morning of May 5, 1862 at Puebla, Mexico.

Comments (5)
  1. Bart says:

    Why is this celebrated here? It’s a Mexican holday, not American.

  2. Tom says:

    Do you think they have a big 4th of July celebration in Mexico? I am wondering the same thing Bart. Why do we celebrate a holiday for Mexico in American?

  3. Bev says:

    Quick! Someone call ICE!

  4. kendallpeak says:

    As a super conservative white guy’ I’ll answer why Cinco de Mayo is celebrated here. For the same reason as St. Patrick’s Day, the people of Mexican heritage are an important part of America, just as the Irish are. Bigots who type hateful messages from their bedrooms should learn to man up.

  5. Anarchoin Black says:

    Right on kendallpeak! People in Ireland don’t celebrate St. Pattys day, americans do. get over it, f#$%ing bigots!!!

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