DENVER — This year in downtown Denver you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Chihuahua races, a taco eating contest, lowrider car show, live music, parade and more. And, it's all free.

The 2018 Cinco de Mayo 'Celebrate Culture' festival will be held at Civic Center Park on May 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

The festival is put on by the NEWSED Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit whose mission is to help promote economic development and affordable housing and in Denver's poor communities.

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Here is a detailed look at everything the Cinco de Mayo festival has to offer:

Three stages of live music and dance performances - The Main Stage at the Greek Amphitheatre will feature two full days of performances by various special guests including Fuerza de Tijuana headlining on Saturday night and Grupo Mojado headlining Sunday night. The Local Stage on Bannock Street will feature the best in local bands performing rock, jazz, funk, top 40 hits and more. And once again this year, the Fiesta Colorado Folklorico and Confluence Ministries Stage will feature various dance groups, bands and other vocal performances.

The Cinco de Mayo parade - A beautiful celebration of Hispanic culture, the parade kicks off the Cinco de Mayo festival at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. A parade route is available at:

Chihuahua races - The Chihuahua Races will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at the Contest Stage, south of seal pond in the center of Civic Center Park. Anyone who wants to register their pup to compete can to so here:

Taco eating contest - Hungry competitors can sign up for a taco eating contest taking place on Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. Registration begins at noon. The competition will take place in three rounds and awards will be given out to the top three finishers. It will also be at the Contest Stage South of Seal Pond in Civic Center Park.

Low rider car show - Featuring several Denver car clubs, the Low rider car show will take place along Colfax Avenue throughout the weekend.

Art and craft exhibits - Over 300 arts and crafts exhibitors will be set up throughout the festival.

Food and drink vendors - Amazing food and drink are a big part of the Cinco de Mayo holiday and therefore it will be on full display at the Denver celebration. Vendors will be showing off some of the best of Colorado's Mexican cuisine. Food, beer, soft drinks, margaritas and more are available for purchase at various booths throughout the festival.

Learn more about the Cinco de Mayo 'Celebration of Culture' at their website: