GSR Hosts Family-Friendly Cinco De Mayo Festival

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RENO, Nev. -- Dancers, amateur boxing and delicious food are all part of this weekend's Cinco de Mayo Festivities. Family members-young and old- have a chance to experience some Mexican culture at the Grand Sierra Resort's 14th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival.

If you drive by the Grand Sierra Resort this weekend, you'll hear loud music, get a whiff of freshly made tacos and it's hard to miss the towering carnival rides.

For 14 years, the festival has been bringing Latin music and dancing horses to Reno, but most importantly, bringing families together.

"The Hispanic community is really big on family and that's something that people who aren't Hispanic can take a part of," Leslie Valencia, event manager said. "Everybody's here with their their aunts, uncles, and we're all having a great time."

Valencia's father, Jose produced the event and says the most important aspect for him is making sure families enjoy the experience.

"He brought the carnival so the kids and parents can enjoy the whole day together. You know it's not just for adults," Leslie Valencia said.

This year's emphasis is on the kids, but there is also amateur boxing and a soccer tournament for the adults.

"It takes my memories back to Mexico," a Carson City resident said.

Families of every culture-young and -old came together to celebrate the Mexican heritage.

"I've never really gotten into my heritage and this seemed like a pretty good chance to hang out and figure it out," Niles Salas, 13-year-old attendee said.

It's one of the biggest festivals of the year for the Hispanic community. Whether you're watching dancing horses or eating authentic Mexican food, you'll get experience a slice of Mexico.

The Cinco De Mayo Festival will be open tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free for children under 12 years old and $5 for ages 12 to 65.