Today is Cinco de Mayo, or May 5. This is a Mexican holiday celebrating the smaller Mexican army defeating a larger French army in the city of Puebla, Mexico in 1862. The French, under Napoleon’s leadership, returned and defeated the Mexican army and the French ruled Mexico for several years. This is the 29th year of Denver’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. This Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, 2016 the celebration will be held in Denver’s Civic Center Park. If you go, you may see the parade Saturday morning. Also Saturday there will be a taco eating contest, a Quinceanera Fashion Show ( girl’s 15th birthday) and chihuahua races. Both days will feature music, delicious food, and many venders. We hope you go to Civic Center Park this weekend to celebrate and enjoy the Cinco de Mayo festival.
This is what I, Zeb the Duck, saw as mom and I entered Cripple Creek.
This is a beautiful town 44 miles southwest of Colorado Springs, and there is a festival now. It is Donkey Derby Days in Cripple Creek.
Young humans can ride on donkeys.
There is a dog show and we saw these dressed up dogs.
Also, this is a really tall dog.
All the dogs looked good and were so nice.
Festivals always have venders and Donkey Derby venders had things I don’t usually see at festivals. I loved these wooden bowls.
And chandeliers and coat racks from antlers.
There were even booths with wooden pictures. I enjoyed the booth with items from Peru and the Andes. Remember JB Duck was recently there. Just look at these hummingbird feeders.
Everything is so nice here.
Of course, festivals make us hungry. There was burger, hot dogs, burritos, and my favorite funnel cakes. Today mom found the brats.
Cripple Creek’s Donkey Derby really had donkey races. The donkeys, each with 2 humans, lined up at the top of the hill.
The street was cleared and the donkey race began.
The donkeys raced right passed us.
Cripple Creek is a friendly former gold mining camp. They have great festivals. There is also camping and many mountain activities available. The altitude is 9494 feet above sea level, so drink water and be careful. When you want something to do inside, Cripple Creek has legal gambling. Many historic buildings have been converted to casinos. You will be glad you visited Cripple Creek.