History
of Cinco de Mayo

History of Cinco de Mayo

In honor of its rich Mexican heritage, Nebraska’s South Omaha Latino community has been hosting Cinco de Mayo events in Omaha for decades, dating back to the early 1970s. Annual festivities include a grand parade, delicious food and lively music—it’s a tradition that gleams of prideful community spirit.

The mission of Cinco de Mayo Omaha is to promote Mexican culture and bring awareness to South Omaha businesses and organizations while raising funds for local nonprofit groups.

What is the significance of the fifth of May in Mexican history?

Outside of Mexico, Cinco de Mayo (translated: the fifth of May) is often mistakenly interpreted as Mexico’s Independence Day and equivalent to the U.S.’s Fourth of July holiday. September 16 is actually Mexico’s Independence Day that launched the war to win Mexico freedom from Spain’s rule.

Cinco de Mayo’s roots begin in 1862. After being an independent nation for more than 40 years and enduring a series of external and internal conflicts, Mexico was heavily in debt to Spain, England and France. France was attempting to expand its empire and claimed the outstanding debt as justification to send troops to capture Mexico City and seize rule of Mexico.

A well-outfitted French army of 6,500 soldiers landed on the gulf coast of Mexico and began marching toward Mexico City. On May 5, 1862, they were met in Puebla and defeated by Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza and a poorly-armed but courageous band of 4,500 Mexican soldiers. Although the French later returned with thousands of additional troops and even gained control of Mexico for a short period of time, the victory at the battle of Puebla continues to hold special significance in Mexican history.

See the trailer for a Cinco de Mayo movie here:
http://www.5demayopuebla.mx/videos.php

Today, Cinco de Mayo is enthusiastically celebrated throughout U.S. cities across the country, making it one of the biggest ethnic celebrations of the year.




MondayApril 27

Cinco de Mayo Celebration Luncheon

TIME: 12:00PM – 1:30PM
LOCATION: TBD

Check back soon for more information on our 2015 speaker.

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Registration: TBD

 


Thursdayapril30

Entertainment Event

TIME: TBD LOCATION: TBD

Check back soon for more information.

Loco-Comedy

Registration: TBD


FridayMay 1

Spice of South O

TIME: 5:30PM LOCATION: 24th & N

Food, Fun and Fiesta on Friday! Savor the flavor of authentic Mexican fare from local restaurants and food vendors along with live music, margaritas and other festivities. 

Parking and Shuttle
Shamrock Limousine will offer free shuttle service from the South High parking lot (25th and J) to the event site.

Live music will feature Mariachi Las Cecilias, Hector Anchando and The 70s Show.

2015 Sponsor

Queen Coronation

TIME: 1:00PM LOCATION: Main Stage (25th & N)

Be part of a tradition by participation in our 2015 Cinco de Mayo Omaha Queen Coronation. The coronation will take place on Saturday on the Main Stage. Here are the prizes!

  • 1st place. One (1) year, full-time Scholarship to Metropolitan Community College, Laptop, $300 Cash, $200 Gift Cards
  • 2nd place. One (1) year, half-time Scholarship to Metropolitan Community College, $200 Cash, Gift Card
  • 3rd place. One (1) year, half-time Scholarship to Metropolitan Community College, $100 Cash, Gift Card

Thank you to our Queen sponsors: First National Bank, La Nueva, Metropolitan Community College, and Mundo Latino Omaha.

REQUIREMENTS               REGISTER NOW

2015 Sponsor

Kickoff Concert
Artist to be announced

TIME: 6:30PM LOCATION: Main Stage (25th & N)

First National Bank and La Nueva present a FREE concert open to the public. There will also be food and a beer garden.

Other sponsors are Mundo Latino, Vida Social, M&M Insurance, Liberty Tax, Shamrock Limousine, Tecate, Supermercado and USMEx Express.

2015 Sponsor

Carnival

TIME: 5:30PM – 10:00PM LOCATION: 24th & 25th Streets (M to O)

All your favorite rides and midway games are back! Bring a Supermercado or No Frills receipt and receive $3 off an all-day ride pass or purchase a carnival ride pass at any Supermercado store for discounted rate.


SaturdayMay 2

Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade

TIME: 10:00AM – 12:00PM LOCATION: 24th Street (D to L)

The dazzling parade—one of the largest in the Midwest—features floats, marching bands and other entertainers cheered on by crowds lined up along historic 24th Street. Rain or shine.

Entry fees:

Private Citizen: $50, Non-Profit (under 1 million revenue): $50,
Non-Profit (over 1 million revenue): $100,
Politician: $225,
Corporate Business: $225,
Small Business: $125,
Horses (up to 10): $75

Entry Deadline: OPEN
Limit: First 100 Entries  Register Here

2015 Sponsor

Fiesta & Exhibitors

TIME: 12:00PM – 6:00PM LOCATION: Plaza de la Raza (25th & N) & South 24th Street

Interested in becoming an exhibitor? Reservation deadline is OPEN. Fill out the Exhibitor/Booth Registration form.

The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta has something for everyone:

  • Live Entertainment
  • Kids’ World (Mundo de Niños)
  • Youth Area (Area Juvenil)
  • Authentic Mexican Food
  • Other Food Vendors
  • Exhibitors
 

Carnival

TIME: 12:00PM – 10:30PM LOCATION: 24 & 25th Streets (M to O)

Enjoy a second day of carnival rides and games. Bring a Supermercado or No Frills receipt and receive $3 off all day ride pass or purchase carnival ride pass at any Supermercado store for discounted rate.

 

SundayMay 3

Mariachi Mass

TIME: 10:00AM LOCATION: Main Stage (25th & N)

This unique outdoor Sunday morning Mass features liturgical music led by a mariachi band and Assumption-Guadalupe Catholic Church.

Christian Service takes place on 24th & N Streets with live music and worship.

 

Health Fair

TIME: 12:00PM – 3:00PM LOCATION: Plaza de la Raza

Area health institutions provide a variety of health information and screenings, with health professionals on hand to answer questions.

Interested in becoming an exhibitor at the Health Fair? Reservation deadline is May 1st. Fill out the Exhibitor/Booth Registration form.

 

Fiesta & Exhibitors

TIME: 12:00PM – 8:00PM LOCATION: Plaza de la Raza (25th & N) & South 24th Streets

Interested in becoming an exhibitor? Reservation deadline is April 23rd. Fill out the Exhibitor/Booth Registration form.

The Fiesta has something for everyone to love:

  • Live Entertainment
  • Kids’ World (Mundo de Niños)
  • Youth Area (Area Juvenil)
  • Authentic Mexican Food
  • Other Food Vendors
  • Exhibitors
 

Carnival

TIME: 12:00PM – 8:00PM LOCATION: 24 & 25th Streets (M to O)

A third day of carnival rides and midway games. Bring a Supermercado or No Frills receipt and receive $3 off an all-day ride pass or purchase a carnival ride pass at any Supermercado store a a discounted rate.

Concert Finale -

Supremos de Linares

TIME: 4:00PM LOCATION: Main Stage (25th & N)

The Cinco de Mayo Concert Finale will feature Supremos de Linares! Admission is FREE.

Gracias
to our Sponsors

The 30th Annual
Cinco de Mayo Omaha
takes place April 27 – May 3, 2015.

We are grateful for the ongoing support of all of our sponsors and community partnerships. It has been our goal over the past years to make Omaha a destination for people around the region celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

The mission of Cinco de Mayo Omaha is to promote the Mexican culture and to bring awareness to South Omaha’s profit and nonprofit businesses while raising funds for local non-profit organizations. Cinco de Mayo serves as a connection point between sponsoring organizations and the rapidly growing Latino and South Omaha population.

Support Our Sponsors

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Entertainment

FridayMay 1

Main Stage
LOCATION: Plaza de la Raza (25th & N)

The main stage at the fiesta will feature live entertainment throughout the entire weekend. Admission is FREE!

 
 

Kickoff Concert

Time: 6:30PM

Check back soon for more information.

 

Spice of South O Stage

Time: 5:30-10:30pm

Enjoy a variety of musical styles from featured local artists
Mariachi Las Cecilias, Hector Anchando, and The 70s Band.

 

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SaturdayMay 2

Main Stage
LOCATION: Plaza de la Raza (25th & N)

The main stage at the fiesta will include live entertainment throughout the entire weekend from 12:00-10:30PM. Admission is FREE!

 
 

Local Music Act

Time: 12:00-10:30PM

Savor the sounds of Salsa group Esencia Latina and Mariachi Rey Azteca.

 

MUNDO DE NINO STAGE

Time: 12:00 – 5:00PM

Bobo the Clown and DJ Cayala will appear throughout the entire day between special live performances by various groups. A number of contests will also take place on this stage; check back for more details! 

 

Family Stage LOCATION: Plaza de la Raza (25th & N)

The main stage at the fiesta will include live entertainment throughout the entire weekend. Admission is FREE!

 

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SundayMay 3

Main Stage
LOCATION: Plaza de la Raza (25th & N)

The main stage at the fiesta will include live entertainment throughout the entire weekend. Admission is FREE!

 
 

Entertainment Acts

Time: 12:00-7:30pm

The Cinco de Mayo Concert entertainment will be announced soon. Be sure to check back for details!

 

Concert Finale – Supremos de Linares

Time: 4:00pm

 

Mundo de nino Stage LOCATION:   (24th & M)

Bobo the Clown and DJ Cayala will be featured throughout the entire day with other special live performances by Mariachi Las Cecilias, Native American Advocacy Program and many more. Admission is FREE!

 

Local Music Act

Time: TBD

Check back soon for the final entertainment schedule.

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Contact

Gracias for inquiring about Cinco de Mayo Omaha. For all inquiries, please contact us by e-mail, standard mail, or by completing the online form below.

By email:
marketing@cincodemayoomaha.com

By mail:
Cinco de Mayo Omaha
P.O. Box 7816
Omaha, NE 68107

By online form:
Contact form

 

Location

The majority of the festivities are held along historic South 24th Street. See the Cinco de Mayo event map.

Press Room

Members of the media ONLY: marketing@cincodemayoomaha.com

Press Release
Check back soon for 2015 press release.

Cinco de Mayo 2014 Television Spot

Resources

Registration/Entry Forms:

Parade Registration Form, Exhibitor/Booth Registration Form, Queen Contestant Form

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