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Celebrating Mexican heritage in Denver, 10 ways to participate in Cinco de Mayo

Steven Bonifazi

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A boy rides in a low rider during a Cinco de Mayo parade on May 4, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.(John Moore/Getty Images)

By Steven Bonifazi

(DENVER, Colo.) The City of Denver is celebrating Cinco de Mayo in a multitude of ways this year, with events starting Saturday and ending May 31 to help celebrate Mexican heritage.

The holiday, also known as Battle of Puebla Day, commemorates the date, May 5, 1862, when the Mexican army won over France at the Battle of Puebla.

Here are some fun and creative ways. to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Mile High City:

  • Cinco De Mayo at the Flea Market (Mile High Flea Market, 7007 E 88th Ave, Henderson)

What better way to start the Cinco de Mayo celebrations than a Flea Market! Running Sunday through Monday from 7 am to 5 pm, Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated at the Mile High Flea Market, with shopping, food and fun for the entire family.

Regular admission fees will apply to this event. Registration or ticket purchases are not required to attend this event.

For more information regarding the Mile High Flea Market, call 303-289-4656 or visit https://milehighfleamarket.com/en/.

  • Cinco de Mayo - Peace & Pride Westwood 2021 (3742 Morrison Rd, Denver)

News publication Westword is hosting its first annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, shutting down part of Morrison Rd for this free event to promote peace and pride in the community through the celebration of the Mexican and Mexican American culture in Denver.

The event is taking place this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will consist of a car show, hopping contest, authentic Mexican cuisine, vendors, Aztec dancing, activities for children, Mexican Folklorico dancing (traditional dances from Mexico's different regions and states), live music, art and more.

For more information regarding the festival, visit http://www.risewestwoodcollective.com/events-calendar.html.

  • Festival Cinco de Mayo (El Potrero Night Club, 4501 East Virginia Avenue, Glendale)

El Potrero Night Club is hosting a Cinco de Mayo Festival on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., featuring the state's top folklórico talent. There will be food trucks, vendors, music, dance and much more.

Each guest will be provided a complimentary drink provided by 3 Margaritas Broomfield. There will be a cash bar available, as well as a photographer on-site taking photos throughout the evening.

For more information regarding the festival, including where to purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/festival-cinco-de-mayo-tickets-148926847209.

  • CHAC Cinco de Mayo Exhibit at Flourish Gallery (6851 W Colfax Ave Lakewood)

Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo all month long, as the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council is hosting their Cinco de Mayo exhibit at Flourish Art Gallery. The exhibit's opening reception runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., with the exhibit running from May 1 through May 30.

There will be Cinco de Mayo-themed art throughout the gallery, with traditional Aztec dancers taking the floor at 2 p.m. to honor the space and new exhibit. Food trucks and activities will also be in place for everyone to enjoy.

Masks and social distancing will be required by all those who attend the exhibit.

For additional information regarding the exhibit, visit www.chacgallery.org and www.facebook.com/flourishgalleria.

  • Cinco de Mayo 5K Run (Washington Park, 701 S Franklin St, Denver)

If physical activity and local craft beer are what you seek, then look no further than the Cinco de Mayo Run on Sunday. The run will start at 9 a.m. starting at Washington Park, with a virtual 5k taking place as well for those who prefer to not join the crowds.

Registration ends Friday at 11:59 p.m., with tickets being $35 for the 5k run/walk and $30 for the virtual 5k. Those who pay the entry fee will receive a race logo shirt, a finishers medal and photos to download after the event ends.

There will be stocked finish line food tables as well as professional chip timing.

For more information regarding the race, including registration and tickets, visit https://www.coloradorunnerevents.com/CDM/.

  • Cinco de mayo 5k at Cheluna Brewing (2501 Dallas Street, #148, Aurora)

Another way to sweat and celebrate this Cinco de Mayo is the 5k taking place at Cheluna Brewing. The brewery will be hosting a 5k on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The race is untimed, with all levels of walkers, runners and joggers welcome to take part. Each route will start at the brewery, showing off the neighborhoods in the surrounding area.

Free craft brew will be distributed at the finish line for those ages 21 and up, from either a collector's pint glass or seasonal merchandise from the Brewery Running Series. There will also be live music, food trucks, local vendors and giveaways.

For more information regarding the race, including where to purchase tickets and register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cinco-de-mayo-5k-cheluna-brewing-colorado-brewery-running-series-tickets-146655557721.

  • Cinco de Mayo - Happy hour until 6 p.m. - $5 Margaritas (Blue Agave Grill, 1201 16th St Mall #104, Denver)

Blue Agave Grill in Denver is hosting Cinco de Mayo happy hour on May 5 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be specific Cinco de Mayo specials happening all day.

While this won't necessarily be a party with a dancefloor and such, festive music will be played. Availability will be limited, as the restaurant is already booking up quickly.

For more information regarding Blue Agave Grill, visit https://www.blueagavegrillcolorado.com/.

  • Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Bellota and Milagro tequila (Bellota - The Source Hotel and Market Hall, 3330 Brighton Boulevard, Denver)

To commemorate the holiday and give back to those in need, Bellota - The Source Hotel and Market Hall are hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 5. The hotel will donate $1 for every Milagro beverage purchased to Mi Casa Resource center who aims to further the economic success of families of Latino heritage with limited opportunities.

There will be live music from DJ A-L from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be Mexican food specials and off-menu botanas, in addition to frozen and mixed cocktails available to-go.

Seating is first-come first-serve, however, there are $35 tickets available that will guarantee a seat, as well as 2 drink tickets for Milagro cocktails, house salsa and chips for the table and a Bellota branded red short-sleeved t-shirt.

For more information regarding the celebration, including where to purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cinco-de-mayo-celebration-tickets-152156069901.

  • Cinco de Mayo Silhouette (Painting with a Twist, 1962 Blake St, Denver)

Local painting studio Painting with a Twist will be holding a Cinco de Mayo event where patrons can create festive paintings to symbolize thier appreciation for Mexican heritage.

The event takes place on May 5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with tickets ranging from $37 to $60, depending on if those attending prefer a 10x30 canvas, a 10.5x26 wood plank board, an 8x24 wooden board or a 10.5x47 porch leaner. The painting session will be led by Kamri Flores, a Colorado artist who works with acrylic paints.

For more information regarding Painting with a Twist, including where to purchase tickets for the Cinco de Mayo Silhouette, visit https://www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/denver-lodo/event/2730208/.

  • Cinco de Mayo (Su Taco Denver, 2124 Larimer Street, Denver)

What screams Cinco de Mayo like tacos and margaritas?

Stop by Su Taco Denver May 5 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. to enjoy festive food and drink specials, from al pastor torta and spicy fried plantain taco to mezcal and rye and pineapple-habanero-infused margarita.

There will also be gluten-free and vegetarian options available for purchase.

For more information regarding Su Taco Denver, including Cinco de Mayo specials, visit https://www.sutacodenver.com/menus/cinco-de-mayo/ or call 303-296-2600.

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