5 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Across Michigan

Cinco de Mayo is a popular celebration in the United States, but have you ever wondered what it’s all about? While one common belief is that it is Mexico’s Independence Day, that’s actually September 16. The truth is that Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for May 5) marks a special day in Mexico’s history, when the Mexican army defeated France in the Battle of Puebla.

While all of Mexico does not actually take part in celebrating this day (most of the festivals and parades are in Puebla), it’s become a big event across the United States. That goes for Michigan as well, where there are lots of ways to join in the celebration of the Battle of Puebla and Cinco de Mayo. Here are five of them:

  • Cinco de Mayo 5k Race (May 5, Saginaw): The scenic (and flat!) course winds along the riverfront, starting and finishing on Ojibway Island. It costs $25 if you register in advance, or $30 if you register that day.
  • Cinco de Mayo Festival (May 6, Saginaw): Come out on Saturday, when La Unión Cívica Mexicana hosts their 38th annual celebration of the Hispanic heritage. There’s a parade, concert, food and more, all taking place on Ojibway Island from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cinco Nuevo (May 6, Flint): This is the first year for this festival, which will have a taco competition, live music, specialty craft demonstrations and plenty of kid-friendly activities.
  • LAUP Fiesta (May 5 and 6, Holland): This two-day event will feature live music, arts & crats, delicious food vendors and even a car show.
  • Cinco de Mayo Parade 2017 (May 7, Detroit): Enjoy an authentic celebration and parade that starts at noon in Patton Park and travels east to Clark Park.

Whether you’re going to join in any of the above festivities or are planning to appreciate Mexico’s history and culture through a delicious meal, now you know a little more about the meaning behind the celebration.

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