Cinco de Mayo honors Mexican heritage in the United States.
It's celebrated across the country, including the Mid-Columbia, with parades, festivals and dances.
Downtown Pasco is reviving its Cinco de Mayo celebration, which was canceled last year because of a lack of volunteers to coordinate the event, said Amy Kuchler with the Downtown Pasco Development Authority.
"We're proud to bring this important celebration back to the community," she said. "Many community members were disappointed to discover the event was canceled in 2012."
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The organization was helped this year by arranging partnerships with Univision/KEPR-TV, LaCampesina 96.3 FM radio station, Cherry Creek Radio and Basin Disposal, she added.
This year's event features a parade, kids activities, food vendors, live music, folkloric dancers and a dancing horse show. The Pasco Farmers Market also will open for the season from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Festivities are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 4 centering around the downtown area of Pasco. The parade starts at 11 a.m., beginning at the corner of Clark Street and Second Avenue, traveling down Clark to Seventh Avenue, then turning left toward Lewis Street, where it swings left again and ends at the corner of Lewis Street and Second Avenue.
A group of 10 local charros, dancing horses and riders, will then perform at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Lewis Street.
Five local bands will kick off the music starting at 1 p.m., and there also will be performances of In the Heights by Pasco School District students.
Four city blocks from Third to Fifth avenues between Clark, Columbia and Lewis streets, will be closed for the daylong festivities.
Other Cinco de Mayo celebrations around the Mid-Columbia include:
-- Mexican food, entertainment, carnival games and more starting at 11 a.m. May 3 and continue through May 5 in downtown Sunnyside at east Edison Avenue and South Sixth Street. For more information, call 800-457-8089 or 509-837-5939.
-- Food, entertainment, live music, street soccer and a beer garden are planned at the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Grande starting at 10 a.m. May 4-5 in downtown Yakima. For more information, call 509-453-2050.
-- Dinner, a silent auction, music, piñatas and a Mexican hat dance start at 6 p.m. May 4 at the Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive. Cost is $50. Proceeds will benefit the Kids Haven Program at the Support, Advocacy & Resource Center for counseling and advocacy services. For more information, call 509-374-5391.
-- Local Hispanic community leaders will speak at the Franklin County Historical Museum Cinco de Mayo celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4 at the museum, 305 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco. Admission is free.
-- Prosser's Cinco de Mayo Cultural Pageant is from noon to 2:30 p.m. May 4 at Prosser High School, 1203 Prosser Ave. Three age groups will compete: grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Six winners will be named. Admission is $3.
-- A talent show, food vendors, live music and a flag presentation are planned at Boardman's Cinco de Mayo Fiesta from 3 to 9 p.m. May 4 at Marina Park. Musical guest will be Voz Vibrato from Salem. Admission is free.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @dorioneal