The Napa Valley is known for its wine, food and festivals. One of the most exciting festivals in the region is the Cinco de Mayo Festival held on the first Saturday of May. The festival is organized by Napa Valley Cinco de Mayo, Inc. an organization that believes in celebrating the contribution Hispanic culture and residents have brought to wine country. The concept of Napa Valley Cinco de Mayo, Inc. is to support under served youth through scholarship money raised by the parade and festival. There have been 39 scholarships awarded to Napa Valley youth since the founding of the festival with the hopes of adding quite a few more this year.
The parade and festival can be seen in downtown Calistoga. The festivities include mariachi bands, Ballet Folklorico, colorful floats and traditional dancers. Along with all the festivities will be delicious food and fun games and activities for children. The Hispanic Citizen of the Year will also be honored at the festival. This year the honoree is Lilia Navarro. Mrs. Navarro is the director of the Ballet Folklorico at Napa Valley College and she has also been an active member of the the Napa Valley school district. Napa Valley's Cinco de Mayo Festival is a great way to learn about Hispanic heritage in the heart of wine country. For more information about the festival visit napavalleycincodemayo.com.