SAN DIEGO–Each year thousands flock to Old Town, San Diego’s oldest historic neighborhood to take a step back in time and celebrate Mexico’s vibrant culture.
The free Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo will be celebrating 36 years of tradition packed with activities for all ages. On May 3 to May 5, Old Town will be transformed into the largest Cinco de Mayo extravaganza north of the border, filled with Mariachis, cervezas, authentic cuisine, a bustling Mercado, Lucha Libre wrestling, Ballet Folklorico, live entertainment, and an iconic display of unique lowriders.
Cinco de Mayo came about after Mexico defeated the French Army at the Batalla de Puebla (The Battle of Puebla) in 1862. Four thousand Mexican “rebels” defended the countryside armed with farm implements, antique rifles, and sheer guerilla force against the French army, who heavily outnumbered them. Fiesta Old Town Cinco De Mayo celebrates the unity and resistance of Mexico, who on May 5, 1862, defeated one of the world’s strongest armies at the time.
Proceeds from the fiesta will benefit the Historic Old Town Community Foundation. For additional information and hours of festival, visit www.CincoDeMayoOldTown.com.