As one of the youngest of America’s major cities, Denver maintains an active dynamism which is reflected in the large number of events, festivals and activities that take place in the city throughout the year.
One of the largest cultural events in Colorado is held in Denver each year: the Cinco de Mayo festival attracts more than 400,000 visitors to the annual two-day event, which commemorates the Battle of Puebla, Mexico in 1862.
Revellers descend on Denver in early May to celebrate with Colorado’s Mexican community with live music and dance, Mexican cuisine, carnival rides and even low rider car shows.
Denver is well known for its sporting achievements, and it is one of the few US cities to be home to major teams from four different sports.
Fans of baseball, football, basketball and hockey are all catered for in the city, as the Colorado Rockies, the Denver Broncos, the Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche play in newly-built stadiums across the city.
Denver’s Wild West past is also celebrated each January when the National Western Stock Show takes place in the heart of the city.
The two-week show held in the National Western Complex is the largest of its kind in the world, and showcases livestock from across the United States with thousands of horses, cattle, pigs, and many other animals on display.
Hundreds of thousands of people visit each year; the show’s centenary celebrations in 2006 attracted nearly three-quarters of a million attendees across the fortnight.
Special events such as rodeos, bull-riding and horse shows attract the largest audiences, while vendors sell agricultural products, clothing and even artwork at more than 900 stalls around the venue.
The aim of the show is to preserve the Western lifestyle by showcasing American agriculture, and what better city to host it than Denver, where the spirit of the Wild West boomtown still remains.