Join the party at Cinco de Mayo in Reno this year, where Mexican heritage is celebrated with dancing, carnival fun, arts and crafts and plenty of food.
If the highlight of your year has been the promise of an avocado emoji and you're just a little bit obsessed with guacamole and all things Mexican then you need to find a Cinco de Mayo celebration to head to in May. Lucky for you, we've found one of the best.
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in earnest across Reno due to its large Hispanic population, but the party at the Grand Sierra Resort car park is the place to be. Held across a three-day weekend, this event brings locals and tourists together for the yearly celebration which commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Every year since, proud Mexicans have gathered together across North America, Mexico and worldwide to recognise their heritage by throwing a huge party.
Reno's edition of Cinco de Mayo is centred around food, entertainment and carnival fun with free admission on the Friday. Admission on Saturday and Sunday is only $5, an absolute steal considering how much entertainment is included in that price.
The weekend line-up includes local and regional bands with a big-name headliner finishing things off, which in 2016 was Los Horoscopes de Durango, one of Mexico’s longest reigning recording artists. You’ll also be able to see Latin dancers shaking their way through the crowds, who then part to watch the Mexican Dancing Horses parade as it moves through the party between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Amateur boxing bouts can be seen between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. or if you’d prefer something a little less brutal, there’s a DJ playing a variety of music throughout the event so you can simply dance the afternoon away instead. The World of Amusement carnival which offers free face painting, games and prizes will keep kids entertained for hours.
There’s over 100 vendors to explore and enjoy, with small, local businesses pitching up to sell clothes, arts and crafts, and provide community info updates. Of course, there’s plenty of food trucks giving you the opportunity to fill your boots with the most delicious tacos, burritos and enchiladas in town. Other cuisine options are available but as it’s Cinco de Mayo so you’d be a fool not to lap up that spice and indulge your love of guacamole.
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