A colorful, raucous and noisy parade through downtown San Jose takes place every Cinco de Mayo weekend to celebrate Mexican ... More
Cinco de Mayo Festival and Parade
A colorful, raucous and noisy parade through downtown San Jose takes place every Cinco de Mayo weekend to celebrate Mexican freedom. All sorts of people participate - student and community organizations, businesses, political groups, musicians and dancers. The parade winds up where the huge festival begins, at Almaden Boulevard and Park Avenue. It is always a great, high-energy time for everyone, no matter what their ethnic persuasion. The event is free. Some vendors may accept credit cards.
WELL MY FRIENDS: If you know your history about Mexico, there is no big thing on this day, Just like flag day in this country, I dont know why there is the wrong information about this (celebration) in Mexico they celeebrated Independence day on the month of september on the 15 and 16 , may 5 is just another day so why dont we let the people know the right date. thank you C.
this is a disaster waiting to happen.. i have lived in this town, and no one i now will even go near downtown during this celebration/drunken brawl... the police cant take the day off..everyone has to report..sad that SJ has gotten to be known for this... i say go celebrate it somewhere else.... and actually who cares.. it is not "our " independence day.. this IS america...
WOW!! I cant believe in this day and age ignorance is so prevalent.
Let me start with Weiner Dog~ I can see you being both. First go back to school and learn Grammer and spelling. Then your uneducated opinion might pack some punch.
Then to Lalacan ~ Get your facts straight.. For once again in these comments ignorance shines. It is NOT an Independence day it is a Day of Mexican/Chicano PRIDE & BRAVERY for take towns people with little training and beating the French and Napolian III. When the French hadn't been beat in ove 50 years and had double the troups..
Its a day of PRIDE and overcoming the obstacles.
Most the people creating the havoc at the parades and gathering are the ignorant NON Mexicans who see this day as a day to drink and act out.
The Mexicans celebrating know the signifacance of PRIDE
WRITTEN BY A COLLEGE EDUCATED PROUD CHICANA
Look guys: Quit trying to educate me on what 5 de Mayo is, I know what is, It is the Day Ignacio Zaragosa Dedeeated the french. Here in the US it is now a Mexican celebration that has been adopted not only by Americans of Mexican desent but other Nationalities and Cultures. When I was a kid Latinos were all Mexicans, Cubans, central Americans, etc.. were all Mexicans and we were dirty dumb people that could only work in the fields. Today I am a manager at a large manufacturing facility, My son will graduate next month UC Santa Cruz and the other is attending Berkeley Community College. We should be proud and gratefull that we live here in the US that allows us to express the Heritage of our Fathers.
So when is the date of the parade a+/or street dance this year, 2010? I can't find it anywhere, just old info. I live far away. These days the meaning has changed a bit to include all Hispanics, at least where I live, in the Pride of being Hispanic, not only Mexican. The pride is for taking care of yourself against impossible odds, such as small towns kicked out the French in Mexico, we now take pride in our own youth that serve in the military (but not the war itself for me). We take pride in our best dancers and bands and food. It's not us against them, it's all Americans coming together to make our world a better place. Or at least it should be. Yeah Hispanics, Mexicans, Americans, Indios and Gringos all. We are all the same race, Human. It's these festivals where we can show each other the best of what we believe in, each other. Last year the one in Portland OR was wonderful.
They may have won that battle but they did not win the war, so in mexico the courageous effort is just acknowledged and not all celebrated hardcore like how we do it in the USA. Its a fact, dont believe me wikipedia that war. Mexico views it like that because its like a boxer trying to celebrate and party over a good round when he lost the match. Know what i mean?
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