In San Luis Obispo, Cinco de Mayo is not the only holiday you’re likely to find party-goers decked out in bikinis, sombreros, and fake mustaches. Every year on the last day of March- although this year the holiday was observed on the first day of April so as not to coincide with Easter- thousands of Cal Poly and Cuesta students hit the local beaches to celebrate Cesar Chavez day.
As both a college and agrarian community, the Central Coast turns out big crowds for the holiday honoring the life and work of Cesar Chavez. This annual celebration of civil rights, community, (and cocktails) has been observed in California as an official state holiday since 1995, and was made a national holiday in 2008. Chavez was a Mexican-American civil-rights activist and farm laborer who co-founded the National Farm Worker’s Association.
Whether you’re celebrating shore-side, mountain-side, or even couch side, let’s all have a toast to Cesar.