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The Cinco de Mayo refers to the Battle of Puebla, a decisive battle fought on May 5, 1862 in Mexico by the Mexican Army against the French invaders and led by the Texas born General Ignacio Zaragoza. Though it was not the end of the war, it was the first battle the Mexicans had won. It became known as the turning point giving hope to the Mexican people. The victory ignited many celebrations. Texans and Americans are still celebrating the Cinco de Mayo - a true American tradition.
The tradition of the Dallas Cinco de Mayo.
Today the Dallas Cinco de Mayo is the biggest and longest running (32 years) celebration with a parade and fiesta. It's held on historic Jefferson Blvd. considered the epicenter of one of the most important commercial and cultural zones of the Mexican American community. It's produced by the Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts, Inc., a non-profit 501 (C) 3 organization whose purpose is to promote the arts and education.
Let's celebrate with a big parade and fiesta on historic Jefferson Blvd. on Saturday, May 2, 2020.
There are several activities planned as part of the celebration including, the Big Parade & Fiestas. The Big Parade will have festive floats, marching bands, decorated vehicles, walking groups, and props. The awards will be held immediately after the parade with $750, 500 & 250 in prizes. Shop & Dine at over 200 storefronts - offering a variety of products and delicious Latin foods, visit exhibitors, vendors, and free parking in the immediate area.
It's history, it's tradition, let's celebrate!
Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts