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Fiesta Old Town returning for Cinco de Mayo

SAN DIEGO -- The 29th annual Fiesta Old Town celebration, organized by the Historic Old Town Community Foundation, will celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Mexican culture at the site historians refer to as “the birthplace of America.”

Old Town San Diego is where missionary Junípero Serra established the first mission in an effort to colonize California and the original territory of the Kumeyaay nation. Fiesta Old Town is one of the largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the western United States.

Lehn Goetz, Historic Old Town Community Foundation board president and proprietor of Old Town’s Café Coyote said, “With San Diego being so close to the border, it’s only natural to have such a multi-cultural and educational event here.”

Old Town resident Martha Steinman-Gutierrez has attended the Cinco de Mayo festivities every year since her move from Texas 10 years ago. “It’s a wonderful event designed to educate and inform,” she said. “There are too many people who still think Cinco de Mayo is all about drinking, partying and carrying on.”

Read the full story in San Diego Uptown News, a SDGLN media partner, HERE.