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:
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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

Youth Education Conference & College Tours

TIME: 10:00AM-4:00PM
LOCATION: TBD

Transportation, lunch and dinner provided. Workshop topics include:

  • Financial Aid
  • Scholarships & Enrollment
  • ACT Test Prep
  • Guest Speakers
  • College 101 Student Panel (lunchtime presentation)
  • Internships
  • Resume Writing

College Tours:
5:00-9:00PM

TBD

  • Students and parents visit various Omaha-area college campuses

 

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Registration: TBD


FridayMay 1

Queen Candidates Appearance

start TIME: 7:00PM LOCATION: Main Stage

Contestants will walk down the runway and have the opportunity to talk to the audience.

  • 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.

 

2015 Sponsor

Boxing Matches

start TIME: 6:30PM LOCATION: 24th & N Streets

Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Victory Boxing! Support fundraising matches and witness some exciting matches and incredible talent.

 

2015 Sponsor

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Kickoff Concert
Artist TBA

start tIME: 6:30PM LOCATION: Main Stage

First National Bank and La Nueva present a concert open to the public. Enjoy food and a beer garden while the band is performing.

 

2015 Sponsor

Carnival

start tIME: 5:30PM LOCATION: 24th Street (L to P)

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 a discounted rate.


SaturdayMay 2

30th Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade

start tIME: 10:00AM 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): $125
Politician: $240
Corporate Business: $275
Small Business: $150
Horses (up to 10): $75

Entry Deadline: OPEN
Limit: First 100 Entries Register Here

2015 Sponsor

Education Fair

TIME: 12:00PM – 5:00PM LOCATION: South 24th Street

Open to public during festival.

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Registration: TBD

Queen Coronation

start TIME: 1:00PM LOCATION: Main Stage

Be part of the tradition! Information for candidates below:

  • 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

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Fiesta & Exhibitors

start tiME: 12:00PM LOCATION: 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
  • Education (Saturday)
  • Health Fair (Sunday)
 

Carnival

start tIME: 12:00PM LOCATION: South 24th Street (L to P)

Enjoy a second day of carnival rides and 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 for a discounted rate.

  • Kids’ World (Mundo de Niños)
  • Youth Area (Area Juvenil)
 

SundayMay 3

Mariachi Mass

start tIME: 10:00AM LOCATION: Main Stage

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.

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Health Fair

start tIME: 12:00PM LOCATION: South 24th Street

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

start tIME: 12:00PM LOCATION: South 24th Street

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
  • Health Fair (Sunday)
 

Carnival

start tIME: 12:00PM LOCATION: 24th Street (L to P)

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 at a discounted rate.

Concert Finale -

National group to be announced soon!

start tIME: 4:00PM LOCATION: Main Stage

The Cinco de Mayo Concert Finale will feature a national act. Check back soon! .


TuesdayMay5

Celebration Luncheon

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

Check back soon for information on keynote speaker and other details.

MCC-sponsor

Registration: TBD

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 

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

 
 

Kickoff Concert

start 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 

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

 
 

Local Music Acts

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 

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 

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 – National group to be announced!

start 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

start 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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