DENVER (CBS4) – Denver police had extra patrols out to monitor the Cinco de Mayo celebrations on Saturday.

There weren’t too many vehicles out cruising Federal Boulevard Saturday night due to the rain. Every year people cruise up and down Federal, proudly showing off their Mexican heritage.

Earlier Saturday thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Denver for the annual Cinco de Mayo parade. The parade featured everything from low riders to traditional dancers.

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army defeat over French forces back in 1862. Families say going to the parade is a great tradition.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cinco De Mayo 2012

“Cinco de Mayo is a tradition handed on from generation to generation, and it’s all about celebrating being together with your people,” parade patron Antonio Muniz said.

The Cinco de Mayo festival continued Sunday at Civic Center Park. Around 400,000 people were expected to attend. It’s one of the largest Cinco de Mayo festivals in the country.


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