A week filled with events, Pasco kicks off Cinco de Mayo celebrations

Parade route for Cinco de Mayo Pasco Parade

PASCO, Wash. — The City of Pasco and Downtown Pasco Authority are ready to celebrate the 2022 Cinco de Mayo Festival and want residents from all over to join.

The festivities begin May 4th with the Cultural Night at Peanuts Park in downtown Pasco. They continue through May 8th across the city.

The city said this year’s festivities will center around the brand-new Farmers Market and Peanuts Park.

“This is an amazing opportunity for the City of Pasco to showcase the upgrades to the Farmers Market. We expect this to be one of the largest turnouts in the history of the event. We have five separate days celebrating the rich history of our Mexican culture in the city. Events start Sunday with crowning of the Cinco de Mayo Queen. Then we have a full lineup of events starting Wednesday. The parade is Saturday morning. Our headliner band Saturday is the popular group La Mafia. There’s so much excitement surrounding the event and we can’t wait for people to come out and support our great city. Because of COVID, we haven’t been able to hold this for two years, so you can imagine how much pent-up energy we have for our Cinco de Mayo celebration,” said Mike Gonzalez, Pasco Economic Development Manager.

Live concerts will be held starting Friday night, the stage will be located on the corner of 3rd and Columbia. Vendors will be stationed throughout the downtown core including Lewis Street, 3rd Avenue and 5th Avenue. The activities available will include a kid’s zone, knocker ball and beer garden for adults.

 “There’s a variety of activities for kids and adults. Our Pasco Police officers will be stationed throughout the downtown core along with trained security. So, you can rest assured this will be a safe and fun event. I’m really excited we added an amateur boxing tournament Saturday with 20 matches that begins at 3 p.m. There’s such an incredible buzz about this year’s event,” said Gonzalez.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, May 4
    • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Cultural Night at Peanuts Plaza Corner of 4th & Columbia
  • Thursday, May 5
    • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Local Artist Showcase at Salon Monte Carlo, 411 W. Lewis
  • Friday, May 6
    • 6 a.m. Lewis, Clark, Columbia, 3rd Ave, 5th Ave. close to traffic
    • 10 a.m. Vendor set up
    • 12 p.m. Opening ceremonies and 4th and Columbia Main stage
    • 1 p.m. All City Karaoke Performers
    • 3 p.m. Rancho Unido Band
    • 5 p.m. Music continues band TBD
    • 7 p.m. Grupo Fino Band
    • 8:30 Fast Lane Country Music Band
    • 10:00 Closing
  • Saturday, May 7
    • 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. Cinco de Mayo Parade (Downtown Pasco) route begins at City Hall
    • 11:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bully Bash Dog Show (Farmers Market0
    • 1:00 p.m. Welcome Pasco Mayor Blanche Barajas, national anthem (Main Stage 4th and Columbia)
    • 1:15 p.m. Marimba Team
    • 1:30 p.m. Ballet Forklorico
    • 1:45 p.m. Dance Team
    • 2:00 p.m. Pasco High School Mariachi Group
    • 2:30 p.m. Tribal Dance
    • 2:45 p.m. Pasco Taco Crawl Champion Crowning
    • 3:00 p.m. Chiawana High School Halcon Del Rio Mariachi Group
    • 3:00 p.m. – 8 p.m. Boxing Matches at Farmers Market Pavilion
    • 3:30 p.m. Ballet Group Cielo de Mexico
    • 3:45 p.m. Miss Cinco de Mayo Queen and Court Recognition
    • 4:15 p.m. Music Group Balance on Main Stage 4th and Columbia
    • 5:00 p.m. Music Group Sorta on Main Stage 4th and Columbia
    • 7:00 p.m. Music Group Innizzio Norteano Main Stage 4th and Columbia
    • 8:30 p.m. Headliner Music Group La Mafia
    • 10:00 p.m. Close
  • Sunday, May 8
    • 12:00 p.m. Welcome main stage 4th and Columbia
    • 12:00 p.m. – 5 p.m. Health Fair runs throughout the day
    • 12:15 p.m. All City Karaoke Performances Main Stage
    • 12:45 p.m. Mother’s Day Celebrations, several mothers publicly recognized
    • 1:15 p.m. Cadetes de Linares Group (Main Stage)
    • 3:00 p.m. Senora Deferente Group (Main Stage)
    • 4:45 p.m. Singer Mercedes Castro (Main Stage)
    • 6:00 p.m. Close

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