A festive fiesta

Celebratory El Cinco de Mayo rolls into Mission Trace

A Colorado Springs tradition rolled into Mission Trace Shopping Center on May 5, in a multisensory cornucopia of culture, cuisine and celebration. 

El Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Car Show, the city’s 36-year-old festival honoring the many cultural and social contributions of Mexican-Americans, drew revelers from across the region that Sunday. El Cinco de Mayo, Inc. hosted the all-ages event with the help of the RISE Coalition and the Solid Rock Community Development Corp.

The fiesta bounced among locations in recent years, and planners hoped that a strong turnout would not just highlight Southeast Colorado Springs but also help the festival secure a permanent home. And although it was clearly intended to be fun, the bash served a bigger purpose. Over more than three decades, El Cinco de Mayo, Inc. has awarded some $200,000 in scholarships to more than 375 worthy collegians. 

Revelers of all ages partook in everything from vendor booths and food trucks to pony rides, a petting zoo and basketball games. Between the live music and dance demonstrations; the face painting; the crafters and artisans selling their wares; and the rolling works of art that were the dozens of cars, trucks, hot rods and rat rods competing for top car-show honors, every art lover in the affable elbow-to-elbow crowd had a medium.

— Regan Foster

Express photos by Regan Foster and Cory Peterson

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