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16th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival kicks off May 6 with new beer garden

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Cinco de Mayo celebrations will continue into the weekend with the 16th annual Cinco de Mayo festival kicking off Saturday at 10 a.m.

A Charro Parade on Yakima Avenue as well as live entertainment, food, and prizes are just some of the things the community can enjoy.

Festival organizers said a new beer garden will also be available this year with margarita and tequila shots.

Student and professional dance groups will also showcase their skills.

"It takes a lot of manpower, a lot of volunteers, and of course sponsorship,” said festival planning committee chairperson Maria Rodriguez. “Without them we can't have these events, and the city of Yakima is stepping up and helping us as well so that's a tremendous addition to making this event such a big one."

About 25,000 people are expected to attend the two-day event, which wraps up Sunday, May 7.

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