As Saturday's Cinco De Mayo celebration kicked off in downtown Denver, families in attendance reflected on their heritage and passed down tradition to their younger family members.
At 11:00 a.m. sharp, the procession marched down Welton Street in front of many residents.
"I love this parade, celebration of our heritage. Wonderful people," said Myla Cortez, who was introducing her adopted son to the Cinco De Mayo parade. "It's about pride. We've come a long way, let's put it that way."
The celebration lasts all day, the twinkle of excitement visible in some of the children's eyes.
"Both of my Grandparents came from Mexico. Both of my grandparents didn't speak English at all and my mom learned English of course," said Loretta Vasquez-Chan. "It's just really important to me that my children learn English and Spanish."
The celebration lasts until 8:00 p.m. Saturday and continues Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.