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Friendship at heart of festival

Denton’s annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration is one of our favorite events, and we’d hate for you to miss any of the festivities, so make sure you’ve got the correct day circled on your calendar.

This year’s celebration will be held on Saturday (yes, the fourth, not fifth, of May) and there will be activities for all ages to enjoy.

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 Mexican state of Puebla, but it’s also celebrated elsewhere.

Denton’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration is all about friendship, and it’s an ideal opportunity to explore the rich cultural traditions, songs, dances, art and foods of the Hispanic community.

It’s a lot of fun, and we know that you didn’t expend all of your energy at last weekend’s Denton Arts & Jazz Festival. After all, the opportunity to enjoy two outdoor entertainment opportunities on consecutive weekends is what makes life in Denton so unique and exciting.

The Cinco de Mayo Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, beginning with a parade that will line up at the Texas Woman’s University campus parking lot on Oakland Street. The procession will wind its way south, loop around the Courthouse on the Square, head north on Locust Street and eventually end up at the Denton Civic Center.

After the conclusion of the parade, the celebration will continue with a variety of activities at Quakertown Park. Attendees will be treated to entertainment on two stages, including Hispanic bands, local school performers and much more.

Vendors will offer jewelry, crafts and many other items, and children’s activities will include traditional arts and crafts. Vendors will offer a variety of items, and there will be plenty of great food.

Those who want to build up a good appetite for the concessions may want to sign up for the 5K run or one-mile walk planned earlier on Saturday. The events will kick off the Cinco de Mayo Celebration at 8 a.m. 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

More than 6,000 people attended the local celebration last year, and organizers are expecting a good turnout for this year’s featured activities.

If you’ve never attended one of these events, why not make plans to visit Quakertown Park on Saturday and join your neighbors in celebrating the local community’s diversity?

The event is free, and like we said, it features activities for the entire family and brings together many faces in the community. The product of a lot of hard work by a variety of individuals, organizations and clubs, it provides a great opportunity to make new friends.

We encourage you to be a part of this great tradition by joining your neighbors and friends — both old and new — at Denton’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration.