Cinco de Mayo is a date of great importance for the Mexican and Chicano communities. It marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Although the Mexican army was eventually defeated, the “Batalla de Puebla” came to represent a symbol of Mexican unity and patriotism. With this victory, Mexico demonstrated to the world that Mexico and all of Latin America were willing to defend themselves of any foreign intervention. Especially those from imperialist states bent on world conquest.
In the United States, the “Batalla de Puebla” has come to be known as simply “5 de Mayo” and, unfortunately, many people wrongly equate it with Mexican Independence which was on September 16, 1810, nearly a fifty year difference. Over, the years Cinco de Mayo has become very commercialized and many people see this holiday as a time for fun and dance. Oddly enough, Cinco de Mayo has become more of a Chicano holiday than a Mexican one. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on a much larger scale here in the United States than it is in Mexico. People of Mexican descent in the United States celebrate this significant day by having parades, mariachi music, folklorico dancing and other types of festive activities.
Events in Chicago that celebrate Cinco de Mayo:
Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Navy Pier!
Saturday, May 3 – 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Sunday, May 4 – 11am – 7:00pm
Festival Hall B and Terrace B
Don’t miss this fiesta of authentic food, entertainment, art, dancing and cultural displays.
Cinco de Mayo Music Weekend at Navy Pier!
Saturday, May 3 – Sunday, May 4, 2008
At the Family Pavilion Stage
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, enjoy two days of traditional Mexican folk music, mariachi bands, and traditional dance at Navy Pier’s Family Pavilion stage.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration – Family Day
Beverly Arts Center
Chicago, IL 60655
05/04/2008 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cinco De Mayo Parade
May 4, 2008
Damen & Cermak west to Marshall Blvd. & Cermak
Start Time: 12 p.m.
Cinco De Mayo Celebration
May 1-4, 2008
1600-1900 S. Sacramento Dr. (Douglas Park)
Cermak Road Chamber/CASA Puebla