Old Town came alive Saturday for the Cinco De Mayo Fiesta.
People crowded around the square to listen to live music and
visit various vendors lining the street. The day provided visitors
the opportunity to learn about Hispanic culture.
“It’s a good chance to celebrate community and diversity,” said
Deborah Bueno, recreation supervisor for the Northside Aztlan
Community Center. “It represents how far we have come and how we
will overcome any obstacles that may stand in our way.”
Besides the Northern Azltan Community Center, many sponsors
helped bring the event together, including CSU.
The fiesta catered to a demographic of both children and adults.
Youth packed into the front rows to listen to music that is not
often heard in Old Town.
For some, the fiesta was a multicultural celebration.
“Today was a good turn out. It’s important to celebrate other
cultures,” said 13-year-old Cristina Salazar.
Restaurants came out to sell food, while other businesses sold
jewelry and hammocks. Visitors also had their futures read at a
palm-reading and tarot-card booth.
The bands kept the crowd moving, and the interaction between the
crowd and the bands was evident. After performing, the bands signed
posters and T-shirts.
“Today was a great success. The crowd was excellent,” said
Loretta Maito, the manager of the band Las Floricitas con Grupo
Old Town was filled with the aroma of tacos, chili and burritos.
Several traditional Mexican dishes were served, including tamales
and chile rellenos. Visitors could taste Mexican sodas and candy
provided by Las Delicias.
With several other Cinco de Mayo celebrations taking place
around the state, Fort Collins provided an opportunity for the
locals to join in the festivities without having to go far.