COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., (KRDO) — For the first time in two years, El Cinco De Mayo Inc. can host its free celebration and fundraiser.
The festival, while celebrating Cinco de Mayo, also serves as a fundraiser to help first-generation and minority students attend college.
This year, the 38th fiesta will be held at Harrison High School on Sunday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Due to the pandemic, the organizers had to adjust the event. This year, the festival is in full swing, even offering a motor show.
“Man, when you see them driving down the street, we get so excited like ‘oooh’ someone broke their vehicle, you know they’re taking it out,” said event organizer Gaspar Martinez.
Stephen Akers and his citywide auto club have supported the celebration for the past two decades.
Akers told KRDO he loves taking out these flashy rides for entertainment.
“We always give back, born and raised here, originally from Colorado Springs, have been doing this show for years and years and our club that we love to support, always loves to give back to the community,” said Stephen Akers of the Citywide Car Club.
Over the past 38 years, the organization has raised over $300,000, which goes to local students.
“If we can provide $1,000 in scholarships to students, sometimes it’s the difference between going to school and not going to school, $1,000 doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you’re a student, it can make all the difference,” Carmen said. Abeyta, the event organizer for over a decade.
The party will feature Mexican dance culture, Folklorico, a plethora of dining options and spectacular rides.
The group hopes to raise thousands of dollars to pay for 17 spring student scholarships.
If you want to apply for a scholarship, go to their website.