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Fifth on the fourth

Denton throws bash in the park for Cinco de Mayo

Several events are planned this weekend in Denton to commemorate Cinco de Mayo.

Denton’s 25th Cinco de Mayo celebration will kick off with a 5K run and one-mile walk at 8 a.m. Saturday at North Lakes Park, 2001 W. Windsor Drive.

Entry fee for the run/walk is $20 for those who register in advance, and $25 on the day of the race. Registration forms are available online at . For more information, call 940-369-3956.

The celebration heads downtown for the Cinco de Mayo Celebration Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by festivities and the La Reina Contest at Quakertown Park.

The parade lines up at the Texas Woman’s University campus parking lot on Oakland Street. The parade will head west, then travel south on Elm Street, loop around the Courthouse on the Square on Hickory Street, then head north on Locust Street. The parade then turns east on Parkway, moving north on Oakland past Emily Fowler Central Library, and turns east on Withers Street. The route turns south on Bell Avenue and ends at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St.

More than 6,000 people attended Denton Cinco de Mayo last year. The event includes two stages, Latin music and school music performances, lots of Mexican and Tex-Mex food and vendors.

For more information, contact Julia LoSoya at 940-369-3909 or

Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexicans over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the the Mexican state of Puebla, but it’s also celebrated in other parts of the country and in U.S. cities with a large Mexican population. (It is not Mexico’s Independence Day — that’s Sept. 16.)

Also, through Sunday, Denton’s Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is hosting the “Most Interesting Man in the World” contest for a chance to win a trip for two to a destination in Mexico.

To enter, stop by the pizzeria at 217 E. Hickory St. and take a photo with the cardboard cutout of Dos Equis’ “Most Interesting Man.” Upload the photo to Instagram with the hashtag #CincoDeMellow, and fill out the form at .

— Karina Ramírez and Lucinda Breeding