Cinco de Mile High

Mile High Marketplace, the year-round value-conscious shopping extravaganza, is “very multicultural,” notes event and venue director Gina Hallisey. “We celebrate that all year long. And it only made sense for us to celebrate the Hispanic culture.”

Highlights of the Mile High Cinco de Mayo Event include live music from Alegres de la Sierra, Banda la Revuelta, Novillos Musical, Grupo Alacran, Grupo Kaoba, Musica de la Tricolor and others. “The music is very authentic and very traditional — same with the food,” notes Hallisey. “We have music on three stages all weekend.”

There will also be a selection of Mexican food specialties and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including bottled margaritas from Mike’s Hard Lemonade. From 1 to 3 p.m. today, Dora the Explorer will make a live appearance, and tomorrow from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m., moms can enjoy a Zumba Pachanga dance and fitness class. “The biggest thing that makes us different from other celebrations is that we have the perfect setup,” Hallisey adds. “We have the tent, 25,000 square feet of shade and the parking, and you get all of that for $3. It’s very reasonable, and it’s nice to be able to come up with the whole family. There’s lots to do for a very minimal cost.”

The party runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow; admission is $3 per person for adults and free for kids under twelve. Call 303-289-4656 or visit
Sat., May 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., May 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 2010

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