Richmond Cinco de Mayo Festival, May 6

Thousands celebrated Cinco de Mayo in Richmond last year. Photo by Kornelia Trytko/RichmondConfidential.

The 23rd Street Merchants Association of West Contra Costa County on Sunday May 6 will hold its sixth annual Cinco de Mayo Festival, the largest celebration of its kind in the Bay Area, attracting over 100,000 guests in 2011. The festival, which will be held from 10 a.m. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will span one mile on 23rd Street between Rheem Avenue and Clinton Avenue. The event will be free to the public, and no alcohol will be allowed. Activities will include a Richmond’s Got Talent Competition, open to anyone 5 and above who wishes to display their talent on stage; two music stages, a Sports Zone by ESPN Deportes; free health screenings; a dancing horse show; a climbing wall; vendor and food booths and large jumpers for the kids. The merchants association was established in 2007 by small business owners along 23rd Street in Richmond who wanted to improve the area, not just for businesses but also for the community as a whole. The association has grown to over 300 members, including businesses, nonprofit organizations and community leaders in West Contra Costa County. In addition to Cinco de Mayo, the group helps organize a Christmas Toy Drive, the Annual Christmas Party at Richmond Craneway Pavilion, and sponsors numerous other charitable events. For information call (510) 233-4987 or email 23rd.street.ma@gmail.com.
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