Cinco De Mayo Festivities in Los Angeles in 2013
It’s May and that means Cinco De Mayo is almost here. As a Los Angeles attorney who spends a lot of time in the community, this is one of my favorite times of the year as it brings together vast demographics to celebrate the Battle of Puebla.
As a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, I can think of no better day of the year to set aside differences and explore what this city has to offer. Whether you are eager to join in the festivities or simply want to know what is happening around town this year for Cinco de Mayo celebrations, here are a few of the many Los Angeles events you can look forward to.
In the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the Broadway street fair is a favorite in my household every year. While the festival this year is held a few days earlier than Cinco De Mayo (April 28th), it is one of the biggest in the region every year and it epitomizes celebration of Mexican heritage as a whole and in Los Angeles.
Cinco de Mayo at Olvera Street
The Olvera Street festival is held this year on May 4 and 5 at the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument on Alameda Street. You can take the Red Line to Union Station or simply drive to downtown Los Angeles for folklorico dancers, mariachis and piñatas, among other activities for the community.
Grande Cinco De Mayo Block Party
The big West Hollywood sponsored block party happens this year on May 5th between 2pm and 7pm in the parking lot behind Tortilla Republic on Robertson Boulevard. With food, live entertainment and all proceeds going to benefit Project Angel Food, this is an event worth coming out to for anyone celebrating the 5th.
Museum of Latin American Art Festival
The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach will be holding a Cinco De Mayo festival on May 4 and 5 with a craft beer competition and tasting event with live music. This is the only non-free event on the list, but with a huge number of events (and free parking), it’s worth checking out for adults. Sunday there will be a family festival as well. This is only a small sampling of what Los Angeles has planned for us this weekend to celebrate and commemorate Cinco De Mayo. If you are planning on going out, be sure to check out some of these great events.