Pasco Cinco de Mayo event May 3 ties in with farmers market opening

By Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldApril 30, 2014 

Cinco de Mayo 2011

The 2011 Pasco Cinco de Mayo was held with a downtown parade followed by dancing horses, tejano music and Mexican food. Gloria Garcia, Cinco de Mayo Committee director, said Cinco de Mayo is a bigger holiday for Mexican-Americans than it is in Mexico, where Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16 is more widely celebrated. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, when about 4,500 Mexicans fought 6,000 well-trained French soldiers and won. The event also featured live music including banda music performed by Latino bands. Herald/Paul T. Erickson #25


Downtown Pasco is going all out for Cinco de Mayo this year with a parade, horse show and live musical entertainment. And the fiesta ties in with the seasonal opening of the Pasco Farmers Market.

Fourth Avenue will be closed between Clark and Columbia streets and between Fifth and Third avenues on Lewis Street starting at 6 p.m. May 2 as the city readies for the May 3 festivities. The streets won't reopen until 11 p.m. May 3.

The day's events begin when the market opens at 8 a.m. May 3, followed by the parade at 11 a.m.

The parade starts at the corner of Clark Street and Second Avenue, travels up to Seventh Avenue then comes back down Lewis Street and ends just before the railroad overpass.

"The parade will feature cars, local businesses, dancing horses and music and entertainment," said Michael Goins, manager of the Pasco Downtown Development Association. "Following the parade, we will have folkloric dancers and mariachi bands, and we'll have tons of food vendors for people to shop."

Festivities will center around Lewis Street and Fourth Avenue, near the farmers market.

Musical entertainment starts at 1 p.m., and includes Faraones del Norte Energia Michaocana. Music is planned until about 5 p.m. Admission to all events is free.

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration to honor the Mexican holiday that recognizes the 1862 Battle of Puebla.

Here's a look at other Cinco de May celebrations around the Mid-Columbia:

-- Sunnyside's Cinco de Mayo Festival, one of the state's largest, is May 2-4 with festivities in the downtown area.

The parade starts at noon May 4 down Main Street followed by a horse competition in Central Park. There also will be live musical entertainment all three days between noon and 7 p.m. Cultural food kiosks and arts and craft booths will be set up throughout the downtown area.

Admission is free.

-- Yakima will hold a Cinco Charro parade and dancing horse competition May 4-5 in downtown Yakima.

The parade will start at 1 p.m. May 4 followed by the prancing horse competition at the corner of Second Street and Yakima Avenue. About 30 to 50 horsemen and horsewomen will participate in the parade this year.

Other festivities include ballet folklorico performances, street soccer for kids and adults, Custom Car and Low Rider Bike Show, talent show for all ages, plus lots of food vendors.

For a full schedule of events, go to

-- Walla Walla's Cinco de Mayo celebration is 4:30 to 10 p.m. at the Walla Walla High School commons area. Festivities include music by Mariachi Huenachi and other local school groups, and a family activity fair from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. It is free to attend.

-- Boardman Cinco de Mayo Celebration starts at 10 a.m. May 3 at Marina Park on the Columbia River. Daylong festivities include cultural events, food, children activities and community booths. There also will be a dance with music provided by a Latin band.

-- Seattle has several Cinco de Mayo celebrations happening from May 2-4. There will be a 5k run and Taco Truck Challenge starting at 9 a.m. at Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave., E, Seattle. Daylong festivities include beer garden, musical entertainment and a large play area for the kids. Admission is free.

A mobile food rodeo starts at 6 p.m. May 3-4 in the Fremont area, 180 N. Canal St., downtown Seattle. Festivities include more than 40 gourmet food trucks. Admission is free.

For more information, go to

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;; Twitter: @dorioneal

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