Cinco de Mayo Eastside Parade & Festival

Thank you to all who helped make this day a success. Especially all the volunteers (Bridget, Eric, Tristan, Patrick, Peter, Joni, Judy, Pat, Cathie..who pitched in to help Janet & Jimi .and to Donna M. who helped took the pictures & JC and his crew) all of whom donated their time and energy to give to the community.  It could not have been done without all of you. We didn’t expect to make money but we did make a little…enough to buy a new window (used) for our third house being renovated. We want to thank those who donated so we could keep it free for kids again this year.

Like every event that has to be coordinated, there were a couple things that made us take pause, but in the end the day was another great family day. The cars were fantastic, the dancers (even with the sound glitch halting the performance half way through) were great, Chuck and his ponies are always a hit.  Thanks to Bella Chacon‘s Mom & Dad (Diedra & James), who offered truck & trailer, we were able to have Son Risa in the parade this year. We also had the Miss Pueblo Pageant winners, the Risley Marching Band and many more. It was so nice to have “Suicide Prevention & Stop Bullying” kids part of the parade and “Give Life a Chance” since we’re all working really hard on these issues.

I would like to thank CO Services and Recycling for the porta pots. And Taco Stop, Angelus Funeral Home, and Pueblo County Commissioners for their donations.  It was  great to see the Pueblo Police and all they did to help the Cinco Parade this year.  They  even put some barricades across the road for us. These events are a whole lot of work and can be very stressful, especially the morning of the event, when every volunteer is helping to get barricades up, down, fill in last minute registrants, run s.o.s. for vendors and food/music, and handle things that fall through the wayside, then try to form a line up of parade participants and those last minute registrations and much more.   Many volunteers have worked hard putting this on for the last 3 years and I want to thank those who are people of their word, who show up and do what they say they’re going to do…now that’s what makes Pueblo Proud!