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Police warn about major delays on Federal Blvd. during Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo flag waving on Federal Blvd. in Denver. May 6, 2011

DENVER — The Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend is Friday through Sunday and the Denver Police Department warns drivers to be ready for lots of traffic and delays along Federal Blvd.

There could be traffic re-routing on and along Federal at times throughout the weekend between W. 38th Ave. and W. Florida Ave.

Cruising on Federal is a part of the annual celebration and police will work to maximize safety and reduce congestion in nearby neighborhoods.

Access to side streets will be limited to neighborhood residents only. Residents should contact officers posted at intersections to access side streets from Federal.

Traffic will be allowed to cross Federal freely until congestion increases. Once this happens, east-west traffic will only be allowed to cross Federal at these major intersections:

— Evans Ave.
— Jewell Ave.
— Florida Ave.
— Mississippi Ave.
— Alameda Ave.
— U.S. 6
— W. 10th Ave.
— Major intersections north of W. 20th Ave.

“Traffic violations that pose a serious safety risk to celebrants, other motorists and spectators will be strictly enforced,” a statement from the Police department says. “Noise ordinance violations will also be enforced. Curfew for minors is midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 p.m. on Sundays. Curfew violations will also be strictly enforced.”

Additionally, the city of Denver hosts many different events related to Cinco de Mayo. A family festival is held at Civic Center Park downtown. It’s expected to attracted more than 400,000 people. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated nationwide in the United States and regionally in Mexico, mainly in the state of Puebla. It’s a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. In Puebla, it’s observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

It is not Mexico’s Independence Day. That is celebrated  on September 16.