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Celebrating Cinco De Mayo Then Old-Fashioned Way

Updated on August 24, 2017

Celebrating the Holiday

Celebrating Cinco De Mayo in Pasco, Washington. Celebrating in Pasco, Washington. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, my husband and I found ourselves celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Pasco, Washington. We decided that since the disaster left us with nowhere to work and no home we knew our eldest daughter and her young family would be happy to offer us a place to stay. We ended up living in the city of Pasco, Washington, a rural community supported by it crops of apples, grapes and the Walla Walla onion.

Since the community is largely agricultural we soon discovered that it had an amazingly strong Latino culture. Most of the trabajadores (workers) of the farms and orchards come from Mexico. There is a section of town that has become the center of Mexican culture, There you will find most of the businesses decorated and run in traditional Mexican fashion. The building are colorful, the tiendas (stores) stock products and foods designed by its community.

Each year on the 5th of May a celebration takes place each year. The street close early in the morning for the days festivities, which of course begins with a parade. If you go to watch the parade you will see some of the colorful authentic Mexican costume, decorated floats, dancing horses, and vendors. It is the beginning of a fiesta like no other with thousand in attendance.

Children getting ready for the parade dressed in authentic costumes.

Things for Your Authenic Fiesta

The Parade

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The parade is scheduled on Saturday morning during the week. Be sure to check the newspaper or your favorite news channel for information.

You will need to bring a blanket or folding chairs for a comfortable place to enjoy the parade. Get there early the parade generally begins around 10:00 AM. The roads will close early in anticipation of the festivities. If you decide to pack a lunch or snack bring it with you to your viewing area. If you forgot you can always purchase tasty food from the vendors roaming the sides of the street.

Your children will be intrigued by the toy merchant that wonder back and forth selling hat, horns, noise makers, and memorabilia. The price a hefty so bring cash. The last parade we went to we brought our grand-daughter, she was 7 at the time and of course we needed to purchase both food and toys.

It is a good idea to bring an umbrella in case of rain, and where warm clothing, since the weather in May is still a bit chilly. As you wait for the parade to begin you will hear and smell the animals getting ready for the parade. You will also have the opportunity to see the human participants tuning their musical instruments, a putting finishing touches on their costumes.

Costumes with Beautiful Embellishments

A close up of the intricate stitching on a mans jacket

A close up of the intricate stitching on a mans jacket
A close up of the intricate stitching on a mans jacket

Getting ready for the parade Photo Stock.XCHNG

Getting ready for the parade                        Photo Stock.XCHNG
Getting ready for the parade Photo Stock.XCHNG

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How to you feel about being a spectator at a parade?

Pasco School District

The Pasco School District is committed to bi-lingual education. The children are encouraged to participate in a variety of clubs and activities. Girls and boys alike learn the dances, music and cultural traditions of Latin America. Educational programs consist of language immersion, dual language programs and enriching activities supporting both the Latino community and their Washington counterparts.

Every child within the school district share in culture and traditions that truly made the school district a multi-cultural community. While I lived there I had the opportunity to teach in the district as well as live in the community. I learned the to speak Spanish and became immersed in the culture.

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A traditional thirst quenching beverage.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15 minute

Serves: 4-6


  • 1 -6 oz. can of frozen limeade
  • 6 oz. water
  • 2 cup crushed ice
  • 6 oz. tequila
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt on a plate
  • 1 large pitcher and serving glasses
  • 1 fresh lime cut into wedges or slices and sliced to hang on glasses


  1. Pour the frozen limeade into the pitcher. Use the empty can to measure the water and tequila into the pitcher and stir. Add ice and let set to chill, while preparing the glasses. Moisten the rim of each glass with a wedge of lime and roll in kosher salt. Place lime wedge on rim of glass and fill from pitcher. Serve to your guests.
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Cast your vote for Margarita

Take in the Ambiance

The sounds, the smell and the sights of downtown Pasco, Washington.

Una Nina Muy Bonita

Una Nina Muy Bonita
Una Nina Muy Bonita

A Rich Culture Based in Tradition

Pasco, Washington is one of the tri-cities. Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland

Don't Waste Your Time Cooking

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While you are in Pasco you will notice that just like in Mexico you will be able to experience the traditional foods for all you dining pleasures. You will find that Pasco has many Taco stand, restaurants and mobile food services. On any given corner of Pasco you can enjoy a burrito plate prepare in traditional fashion. You will find a burrito, rice, and refried beans a completely nutritious meal for a low price.

Once you taste an authentically prepared meal you will remember the experience as a highlight of your time in Pasco. Don't forget dessert, they are melt in your mouth treats that are unsurpassed by any fast food place you previously thought you enjoyed. My favorite is deep fried ice cream a truly amazing mouth watering treat.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Fried Ice Cream

  • 2 - 1 inch slices of vanilla ice cream cut in half-4 pieces
  • 1 cup corn flakes crushed
  • 2 cups cooking oil in a deep fryer or saucepan
  • 4 tablespoons honey


  1. Roll each piece of ice cream into crushed corn flakes. Deep fry for 1 - 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat place into a bowl and drizzle with honey. Serve immediately
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Lively festive music of the accordion, trumpet, drums, guitar and violin. Photo Stock.XCHNG

Lively festive music of the accordion, trumpet, drums, guitar and violin.         Photo Stock.XCHNG
Lively festive music of the accordion, trumpet, drums, guitar and violin. Photo Stock.XCHNG

Learn Mexican Guitar

The Romantic Sounds of the

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Like most of the world guitar the Mexican guitar comes in a variety of styles and color. But unlike the traditional guitar the Mexican guitar is deep bodied and produces a richer sound. If you visit the Pasco Cinco de Mayo parade your will hear the sound of this guitar in numerous styles, there is a wide selection to choose from when watching the parade each more beautiful than the rest.

The techniques used by the player are varied but all have the sound of a romantic and enchanting sound. Many people play the guitar but no many play it in the style of Latin Americans.

This is the traditional color scheme of downtown Pasco Photo: Stock.XCHNG

This is the traditional color scheme of downtown Pasco           Photo: Stock.XCHNG
This is the traditional color scheme of downtown Pasco Photo: Stock.XCHNG

Take some time and answer this survey

How do you feel about parades?

Have you ever celebrate Cinco de Mayo in traditional fashion?

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      Dusty2 LM 

      5 years ago

      Many times when I was a kid and still some today. I grew up in a town that had a strong Mexican population there. Many of my best friends were Mexicans and some were even neighbors where we all associated. I can remember the G-mas and Moms cooking tortillas, sopapillas and refried beans for us kids all the time. I was known as being Irish but Mexican at stomach! Today, Cinco de Mayo is a big celebration here and I really enjoy the food and all the festivities surrounding the holiday. I really appreciate you sharing this lens and bringing back some great memories. Thank You chaltom, for stopping by my Pinata lens and giving it a "thumbs up". Happy Holidays!

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      5 years ago

      No. But I'd love to have someone show me how. Maybe I need to visit Pasco.


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