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Cinco de Mayo parties growing

Washington's largest Cinco de Mayo event is going to get ms grande.

The 21st annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in Sunnyside kicks off with a carnival April 30, drawing thousands of people from all over the state.

"Last year we had 20,000 people," said Silvia Alvarez, membership and event coordinator for the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce. "This year we're expecting up to 30,000."

About 150 vendor booths have already been assigned, offering items from churros to curios. The vendors set up along 6th Street, opening for business at noon on May 1. The parade is May 3.

"Every year it gets bigger and bigger," said Alvarez. "Our goal is to get every community to get out and learn about different cultures."

In the Tri-Cities, Saturday's Cinco celebration also opens the Pasco Farmers Market. The event features a dancing horse show with ponies from Portland, Seattle, California and local groups.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. May 2 at Columbia Street and Second Avenue. The parade travels north on Second Avenue, west on Lewis Street, north on Third to Volunteer Park, around the park, south on Fourth Avenue, west on Clark Street, south on Fifth Avenue and east on Columbia Street.

Azteca Mexican restaurant in Kennewick will celebrate the battle of Puebla on May 5 featuring Romagossa Blu. The 21 and over event is from 6 to 10 p.m.

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