May 5 is Cinco de Mayo, as just about everybody knows, but everybody also knows that the springtime revelry isn't solely restricted to the fifth of May.
Rather, it has a way of starting at the end of April, at least around Southern California, where "the largest Latino event in the nation" unfolds over several blocks over a single day. It's Fiesta Broadway, and, indeed, Broadway has long served as the main thoroughfare, but so do several other downtown blocks (so call it not a block party but a blocks party, rather).
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Traffic maps and closures are best check before heading to the fiesta or circling it.
New for the Sunday, April 27 spectacular? Grand Park is a main hub in addition to area streets. A cavalcade of performers will show at the park's stage, and "food, games, rides, fun" are once again apart of the free scene.
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Let's make that free and very, very big; hundreds of thousands of revelers attend each each, and the 2014 estimate is topping 300,000. Perhaps that impressive number will be due, in part, to the mondo milestone Fiesta Broadway is marking this year: It is turning 25.
Parties marking the Battle of Puebla stretch back further than a quarter century, of course -- the first Cinco de Mayo celebrations began in the 1800s -- but Cinco de Mayo observers would be hard-pressed to find one as large, lively, and bearing the strong community ties that Fiesta Broadway boasts.
MundoFox is the host of the 2014 extravaganza, which is on from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 27.