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 new 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.




TuesdayApril 29

Cinco de Mayo Celebration Luncheon

TIME: 12:00PM – 1:30PM
LOCATION: ITC Conference Center on
Metropolitan Community College’s South Omaha Campus

See keynote speaker Maria Hinojosa, anchor and executive producer of Latino USA on National Public Radio. An award-winning journalist, Hinojosa has also appeared on PBS, CBS and CNN.

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Registration: Call 402-457-5231 for reservations
General Admission $15; MCC Student $10

 


ThursdayMay 1

Latino Fiesta of Comedy and Culture
with Mike Robles (Loco Comedy Jam)

TIME: 8:00PM LOCATION: Guaca Maya (S. 33rd St.)

Spend an evening with Emmy award winner an creator of Loco Comedy Jam, Mike Robles. Sure to be a great time with proceeds to benefit the
Heartland Latino Leadership Scholarship Fund.

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Register Here!


FridayMay 2

Spice of South O

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

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. Also celebrate The Reader’s 20-year anniversary. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army Kroc Center in South Omaha. 

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

2014 Sponsor

Queen Coronation

TIME: 6:00PM LOCATION: Main Stage (25th & N)

The 2014 Cinco de Mayo Queen, will be crowned on Friday evening by internationally known Mexican artist Diana Reyes. The Queen will appear in the Cinco de Mayo parade on Saturday. Scholarships will be awarded by MCC for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places. Thank you to additional sponsors First National Bank, La Nueva, Metropolitan Community College, Liberty Tax Service and Mundo Latino Omaha.

2014 Sponsor

Kickoff Concert
Diana Reyes

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

First National Bank and La Nueva present internationally known Mexican artist Diana Reyes! The gold-record duranguense queen will bring her banda norteña
band to South Omaha. The FREE concert is open to the public.

2014 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 all day ride pass or purchase carnival ride pass at any Supermercado store for discounted rate.


SaturdayMay 3

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: April 23
Limit: First 100 Entries  Register Here

2014 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 April 23rd. 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 4

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 Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish.

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 April 23rd. 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 all day ride pass or purchase carnival ride pass at any Supermercado store for discounted rate.

Concert Finale

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

The Cinco de Mayo Concert Finale will bring the weekend festivities to a close. Be sure to check back for details!

Gracias
to our Sponsors

The 29th Annual Cinco de Mayo Omaha will take place April 29 – May 4, 2014.

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 2

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!

 
 

Kickoff Concert
Diana Reyes

Time: 7:00PM

Internationally known Mexican artist Diana Reyes; brings gold-record duranguense style and her unique flair to South Omaha.

 

Local Music Act

Time: TBD

Check back soon for the final entertainment schedule.

 

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

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

 

Local Music Act

Time: TBD

Check back soon for the final entertainment schedule.

 

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SaturdayMay 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!

 
 

Local Music Act

Time: TBD

Check back soon for the final entertainment schedule.

 

Local Music Act

Time: TBD

Check back soon for the final entertainment schedule.

 

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!

Local Music Act

Time: TBD

Check back soon for the final entertainment schedule.

Local Music Act

Time: TBD

Check back soon for the final entertainment schedule.

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SundayMay 4

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!

 
 

Concert Finale

Time: TBD

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

 

Local Music Act

Time: TBD

Check back soon for the final entertainment schedule.

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!

 

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
Cinco de Mayo Omaha 2014 Celebrates Cuisine and Community with “Food, Fun and Fiesta” Theme

Cinco de Mayo 2014 Television Spot

Resources

Registration/Entry Forms:

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

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