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Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in Saint Paul


Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated this weekend.

The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta takes place this weekend, May 7 and 8, in the District del Sol in Saint Paul. The main drag is along Cesar Chavez St. (which used to be called Concord), from the Cozy Cantina at Ada down to Boca Chica at Wabasha, and all points in between.

Known as "Minnesota's Spiciest Celebration!" the Saint Paul Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is one of the ten largest festivals in the country, drawing over 100,000 people in past years. The celebration commemorates the Battle of Pueblo, when the Mexicans defeated the French in 1862. While it is a Mexican holiday, it is celebrated with gusto in the United States.

Festivities start on Friday at 4pm. Don't miss the Lowrider Car Show, with the Hydraulic Showdown at 6:30pm. Two stages will be active on Friday night, at Boca Chica and El Rio. There will be inflatable rides for the kids and a Fiesta Margarita Garden and Fiesta Beer Garden for the adults.

On Saturday, May 8, things kick off at 8am with the 5K Menudo Run and Family 1K Walk/Run, then at 9am the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta opens. Don't miss the Cinco de Mayo Parade at 10am along Cesar Chavez and the famous "People's Choice" Salsa Tasting Contest at Boca Chica from 11am to 6pm. There will be a Children's Area, a sports zone, inflatable rides, a wellness area and a jalapeno eating contest. What could be spicier? Que se puede ser mas caliente?

On Saturday, there will be music on five stages, and in the past there have often been strolling mariachi musicians along Cesar Chavez. Beautiful dancers in costume, musicians, tejano and mariachi and a magic show are just some of the entertainment options. You can also still see the Lowrider Car Display on Saturday, and find out who won the Hydraulic Showdown. Of course the Fiesta Gardens will be in steady operation. The Fiesta wraps up at about 6pm on Saturday.

The Fiesta has shuttles available on Saturday from the corner of Robert and Plato every 15 minutes. The shuttle service is free, and parking is $6, which is a fundraiser for local community groups.

This is one of the most colorful festivals around! Enjoy food, fun and music at the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in Saint Paul! Comments welcome below - what's your favorite part of the District del Sol?

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