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The Music of Cinco de Mayo


Today marks the 147th anniversary of the battle at Puebla–when Mexico unexpectedly overpowered France on Latin American turf. Although the victory isn’t widely celebrated in Mexico, Denver throws a massive party every year. This coming weekend, mariachi bands and sombrero-toting vaqueros will gather in Civic Center Park for the Cinco de Mayo celebration. But if you want to celebrate the Mexican-American holiday tonight–on the actual anniversary–the place to do so it is at Boettcher Concert Hall. The Mexican consulate has teamed up with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra for a free concert of classical Mexican music. Mariachis will play and the symphony will accompany them, while Fiesta Colorado Dance swings flowing skirts and colorful ponchos. 7 p.m., free Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St., 303-623-7876 For tickets, call 303-331-1110, ext. 111

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