Denver police have traffic control plan for Cinco de Mayo weekend

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DENVER -- Cinco de Mayo always means big crowds on Federal Boulevard in Denver as hundreds of people cruise the streets.

The Denver Police Department has an elaborate traffic control plan that it is ready to implement anytime it's needed throughout the weekend during the celebrations.

The annual Cinco de Mayo tradition started decades ago with all low riders and through the years it has gotten a lot more popular.

"It's just a different generation now," Jason Rael said. "You've got all these kids now and instead of low riders, they've got trucks."

With more people comes more problems.

"We'll be looking for things like speeding, driving under the influence, things like street racing," a police spokesman said.

Police have a team dedicated to keeping the cruise safe for everyone.

"We anticipate heavier volumes of traffic up and down Federal, probably starting (Thursday night) and extending through the weekend," the police spokesman said.

When traffic gets to be too much, Federal Boulevard can become like a parking lot.

"It's not even really cruising," Kevin Kimmanau said. "I don't know how you call it cruising."

Police will block side streets that cross Federal and reroute traffic onto different main roads. While it might be an inconvenience for neighbors, businesses and drivers, the cruisers said Cinco de Mayo in Denver wouldn't be the same without it.

"It's a family. It's a lifestyle. It's not just cruising for us. It's much more than that," Kimmanau said.

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