The Cinco de Mayo holiday, whose history many of us annually forget, observes the 1862 triumph of Mexican soldiers against a platoon of invading French forces. Mirroring our own struggle for independence, it has come to represent much more than the resilience and vitality of Mexican culture. The day is a salute to the enduring spirit of underdogs everywhere who fight for freedom. Get a taste of that today for the eighth annual San Francisco Cinco de Mayo Festival. This family-friendly, alcohol-free event features Latin American music, dance, food, and art; it’s been known to draw people by the thousand. This year’s festivities include a Zumba-inspired exercise workshop; live mariachi, cumbia, and salsa music; and performances by traditional folk dance groups. Food, beverages, and other merchandise are provided by nearly 50 local vendors. Here’s to all who persevere.
Sat., May 5, 10 a.m., 2012