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Cinco de Mayo Brings Crowds Downtown

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Downtown Yakima was full of people celebrating Cinco de Mayo a day early. It was also the first ever Cinco de Mayo parade in Yakima.

The parade started twenty minutes late, but most of the people didn't mind especially the kids. They had one thing on their minds.

"Throwing out the candy," said Xavier.

If you weren't interested in the candy there were plenty of other options for food today. Many non-for profit groups were selling everything from cotton candy to hot dogs to raise money for their organizations.

The Yakima Valley Kiwanis helps get books to underprivileged children and they rely on events like this to keep their operation going, and today was a huge success.

"The majority of our income comes from things like this," said Kiwanis's member Chris Dollarhide.

Los Bailadores del Sol is a local Hispanic dance troop. They performed here yesterday and today they were cooking for all the visitors.

Ricardo Alvarado leads the troop. He's lived in Yakima for the last 15 years and says he's very happy to see these events going on downtown again.

"It's like night and day. It has really come together. I'm so proud of this town. They've really made an effort to make it feel like a home for everyone," said Alvarado.