Thousands are expected to gather at Cinco de Mayo fairs in Orange County this weekend.
Click on the link below to find out where the action is, and to read about how organizers are putting new twists on these traditional pachangas.
The city is teaming up with community groups to present the 38th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Carnival through Sunday at La Palma Park.
The festival, which kicks off at 5 p.m. today includes food, rides, games, entertainment and booths sponsored by more than 80 vendors.
In addition, a Cinco de Mayo queen will be crowned at 3 p.m. Saturday, and a special Mass (in Spanish) will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday at nearby Glover Stadium.
The city is holding its 19th annual celebration Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at Max Berg Plaza Park, 1100 Calle Puente.
Activities include crafts, food sales, pony rides, an art exhibit and entertainment by mariachis, Aztec dancers and others. Members of the Chivas USA soccer team will sign autographs.
Santa Ana's annual celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
It typically draws about 200,000 people and is sponsored by the Downtown Santa Ana Merchants.
The free fair ÔÇô featuring entertainment, carnival rides, food sales and vendor booths ÔÇô takes place on Fourth Street between Broadway and French Street.
Detailed info on the above events, plus more here.