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The history of the Battle of Puebla known as Cinco de Mayo.

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 (30 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 May 5, 2018.

There are several activities planned as part of the celebration including, the Big Parade from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with festive floats and marching bands, tailgating, and awards; the Fiesta on Jefferson Blvd. will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. & beyond, with over 200 storefronts - enjoy the Shop & Dine Jefferson offering specials on a variety of products and delicious Latin foods; DJs on every block playing diverse musical genres, vendors and food trucks, tailgating and free parking, plus the Cultural Expressions Showcase with spectacular performances by ballet folklorico, mariachis, live bands and more.

Click here for Dallas Cinco de Mayo Parade & Fiesta program schedule