The official day for celebrating Cinco de Mayo -- the anniversary of the 1862 victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at the battle of Puebla -- will be Thursday, May 5. But festivities begin as early as this Saturday when Azteca de Greater Kansas City hosts its 20th Cinco de Mayo celebration at Emerson Park, at the corner of Strong Avenue and South 29th Street. It's a two-day festival this year, with music, food, a kids carnival, and the big parade on Sunday at noon.
KKFI radio personality Viviana Medellin, one of the festival's organizers, says Azteca de Greater Kansas City chose the weekend before May 5 to host its celebration so that it wouldn't compete with the Guadalupe Center's Cinco de Mayo festivities on the Missouri side of town the following weekend.
"We'll have all kinds of food vendors at the celebration," Medellin says. "In fact, we'll have a lot of everything there."
The celebration begins at 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, but Sunday's event won't really kick off until the parade, which begins at noon, continues its procession around Emerson Park.