Cinco De Mayo Festival


Churros, turkey legs, US Navy recruiters and bootlegged Latin rap CDs. Saturday’s Cinco De Mayo Festival in Civic Center Park proved to be another exciting event for city-dwellers to experience everything that the Mile High Flea Market has to offer – but downtown!

But the most popular draw wasn’t the amateur boxing exhibitions or the sparkling low-riders. It was the strip of corporate food booths along “Calle King Soopers” where visitors crowded in lines to indulge in Jose Ole refried beans and some kind of green day-glo juice concoction from Herdez.

Even with the free offerings, however – tostadas y toilet paper! – one regular Colfax panhandler positioned himself at the bottom of the street with a cardboard begging sign that read: “Hungry/hambriento.”

Now that’s a bilingual education. –Jared Jacang Maher

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