14th Annual Cinco de Mayo in The Mission
Among the most anticipated and exciting events coming up in the next few weeks is the dazzling Cinco de Mayo. While the original event was born in the mid-1800s to celebrate the surprising victory of the Mexican Army over the French Army during the famous Battle of Puebla, the date as it is recognized today (especially in the United States) is treated as a time to honor Mexican and Mexican-American culture throughout the country. In San Francisco, as can be expected, this event receives a tremendous outpouring of support from local Latino communities as well as the attendance of people throughout the Bay Area who simply enjoy and appreciate the representation of this vibrant culture.
This year, the Cinco de Mayo festival (which always happens—duh—on the 5th of May) will be the 14th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in San Francisco that is being produced by the Mission Neighborhood Centers. Held along Valencia Street in the historic Mission District, the Cinco de Mayo celebration is a family-friendly event that will feature plenty of activities, sights, and shopping opportunities for everyone in your group.
Some of the many thrilling things to be found at the 14th Annual Cinco de Mayo include:
- Numerous bands performing classic, contemporary, and original songs that relate to Mexican and Latin American culture.
- Food carts and restaurants offering delicious snacks and plates with those fantastic south-of-the-border flavors.
- Dance troupes, artists, craftspeople, and so much more for you to enjoy.
In last year’s Cinco de Mayo event, more than 65 different vendors participated in the celebration. These vendors included everything you could possible want at Cinco de Mayo, and the attendees to the event (estimated at more than 6,000 each year since its inception) came away with bellies full of delicious foods, bags full of beautiful arts and crafts, and memories full of the sounds of the bands playing the day away.
The 14th Annual Cinco de Mayo will begin at 10:00 in the morning and run until 6:00 in the evening. It will run down a large and recently rejuvenated stretch of Valencia Street, so bring your walking shoes!