2018 Cinco de Mayo Parade Application

Saturday, May 5, 2018

We are pleased to invite your involvement as a participant in the Cinco de Mayo "Celebrate Culture" Parade!

The Cinco de Mayo Festival and Parade has deep roots in the Denver community as one of the largest and longest running cultural events in Colorado. This year’s event expects to bring in a crowd of over 400,000. The Cinco de Mayo Festival and Parade is a fun family oriented event with special attractions, musical acts, Folklorico dancers, Mariachis and some of the most delicious Mexican cuisine Colorado has to offer. The event was started in 1988 by NEWSED Community Development Corporation (www.newsed.org) as a neighborhood street fair to showcase Mexican heritage.  By 1995, the festival had outgrown its location and moved to Denver's Historic Civic Center Park where it took its place among Colorado's top four outdoor food and entertainment events. Although the event attracts approximately 70% Hispanic attendees, a large cross section of the community is represented including all races and cultural heritages. The Cinco de Mayo Parade kicks off the Festival on the morning of Saturday, May 5 at 11:00AM.

Please read through the information and the included Agreement carefully as your signature acknowledges your organization’s responsibility for ALL of the information contained within. 

Registration Information

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Enter the number of entries next to the appropriate category below.


(Only for official sponsors of the Cinco de Mayo Festival)


(Corporate entry applies to for-profit companies with over 100 employees)








LATE FEE - if submitted after April 15, 2018 - $20.00





i.e. Food or Exhibit Booth, Entertainment, Rally, etc.?

(Note: additional participation must be coordinated separately from parade entry application)

SPONSORS -  Please note that Tecate and Coors Distributing Company are our official malt beverage sponsors, accordingly, displaying of competing malt beverage text and logos are not allowed.  All contingents are subject to approval by parade marshals.  The Cinco de Mayo Festival reserves the right to remove signage/text/logos and/or the contingent for non-compliance with respect to all sponsors.

PARADE ROUTE – The sidewalk areas along the parade route are open to everyone.  Only registered parade participants are allowed to be on the street during the run of the parade.  Upon acceptance, parade entrants will receive additional information pertaining to the parade, including arrival times at Cinco de Mayo Parade 2018. The parade will leave the staging area (3 blocks west of the City & County Building) at 11:00 a.m. and wind through downtown Denver, arriving at Denver’s Civic Center park area, the site of the 2018 Cinco de Mayo Festival.

a) The Float must be able to safely navigate all turns of the parade route.
b) The Float must not be greater than 40 feet in length; the maximum width must not exceed 16 feet; wheelbase may not exceed 12 feet (Total length of cars up to 40 feet constitutes one entry; any number of cars that exceed more than 40 feet will be considered two entries and be charged accordingly.)

RULES:  Failure to follow parade rules (attached for review and to be retained by Parade Contingent) will result in removal from the parade.  All entries are subject to crowd control by the Denver Police Department and safety regulations by the Denver Fire Department.