3 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Across Michigan

Every year in May, people across the United States celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and if you have ever wondered what it’s all about we have the answers. One common belief is that May 5 is Mexico’s Independence Day, but 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 stateside. 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 few to check out here at home:

  • 39th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival La Vida de Artes (May 5, Saginaw): All ages are invited to celebrate the day starting with a parade at 10:30 a.m. and a festival at noon. Enjoy food vendors, low riders, inflatables and more from 12 to 5 p.m. at Huntington Event Park. Kids 10 and under are free, $3 cover for entry.
  • LAUP Fiesta (May 4 and 5, Holland): This two-day event takes place at The Shops at Westshore and feature ethnic food, Mercado vendors, a car show, Latino musical acts and more. Children’s crafts and rides will available on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 54th Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade 2018 (May 6, Detroit): Enjoy an authentic celebration and parade hosted by the Mexican Patriotic Committee of Metro Detroit. The parade that starts at noon at Patton Park and travels east to Clark Park. Following the parade, there will be a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Mercado at Clark Park from 2-6 p.m.

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.

Let us know how you celebrate Cinco de Mayo in a comment below!

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