This two-day festival celebrates Cinco de Mayo, Mexico's victory over the French in the 1862 Battle of Puebla. This festival is viewed as the Southwest's largest and most significant cultural showcases for valley residents and tourists alike.
Many people mistakenly believe that Cinco de Mayo (seen-koh day my-oh) is Mexican Independence Day, but it is not. Mexican Independence Day is September 16th. Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday in Mexico commemorating the Battle of Puebla. On May 5, 1862 a small group of Mexican soldiers defeated a formidable French army that was twice its size. Mexico had long before (September 16, 1810) declared its independence, but there were constant struggles to maintain Mexico's freedom for a long time after the country became independent from Spanish rule. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the fortitude of the Mexican people.
The multicultural family festival features Ballet Folklorico, live boxing and entertainment from local bands and artists. The festival receives support from the City of Phoenix and the Valley's corporate community. Its highlights have included an array of top international and local entertainers such as Los Lonely Boys.
April 30 and May 1 2011: Van Buren between Central and 3rd Street, $5 admission, children under 12 are free.
175,000 attendees expected.
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