Cinco de Mayo Fiesta: 2010

Event Overview
Location (City/Venue)
Saint Paul, Mn District del Sol
Number of Attendees
Date of Event
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Organization Hosting Event
Riverview Economic Development Association
Brief Background on Event
REDA has produced Cinco de Mayo Fiesta (Minnesota's Spiciest Celebration) for 28 years. It's the largest Hispanic/Latino event of any kind in Minnesota and one of the 10 largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the country. Annually bringing over 100,000 people most of the event is coordinated by a dedicated group of volunteers.
Food Practices
Required safe food handling practices
Implemented a food waste recovery initiative (food to hogs, composting, etc.)
Waste & Recycling
Waste Management Methods Used
Trash Disposal
Organics Management (food/paper waste composting, food to hogs, food donation, etc.)
Volume (cubic yards/tons) of Waste Managed
Program Audiences
Recycling - Vendors/Exhibitors
Recycling - Event Participants
Organics Management - Vendors/Exhibitors
Organics Management - Event Participants
Waste Reduction
Waste Reduction Methods Used
Use of technology to minimize paper waste (e.g. online registration, webcasting, no printing of meeting materials
Resource and Energy Use
Energy Reduction Methods Used
Use of alternative energy generators for temporary power needs
Travel and Transportation
Transportation amenities offered at event
Park and Rides
Bike racks/parking
Transportation information promoted to event attendees, volunteers, vendors & exhibitors
Metro Transit Trip Planner
Bus routes
Bike maps
Pedestrian/Walking Maps
Location Selection
Held event at a venue easily accessible by transit
Construction and Deconstruction
Used recyclable materials for temporary structures
Rental of temporary structures (e.g., stages, tenting)
Other Initiatives
Please describe any other green initiatiives implemented at your event?
Green vendor awards, spfa green standards implemented, green zone
What has been your biggest success in terms of green initiatives at your event?
awareness, pr, marketing
What has been your biggest challenge in terms of green initiatives at your event?
food waste reduction and collection
How were the green initiatives received by event attendees and/or vendors?
Will you plan to implement green initiatives again?