5 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Across Michigan in 2022
Notable Cinco de Mayo celebrations across Michigan are regaining full strength after two abbreviated years of balancing safety and fun amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cinco de Mayo honors Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is a day for Americans to celebrate Mexican and Latinx pride and culture.
No matter what region of the Mitten you call home, you should be relatively close to one of the state’s major Cinco de Mayo events in 2022. Here are some to consider checking out:
The 2022 parade starts promptly at noon on Sunday, May 1. The route begins on Vernor at Springwells and travels to West Grand Boulevard. Ballet Folklórico De Detroit, along with other Detroit-based groups, will perform traditional Mexican dances to accompany the floats, horses, low-riders and all the other pomp and circumstance the parade brings to Southwest Detroit each year.
The annual parade leads into the annual fiesta at 4132 Bagley Street in Detroit for a day filled with Latin music, arts, and culture. The fiesta begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday and is slated to run until 10 p.m.
The fiesta will feature 40 participating artists, community organizations, and performers and will include dozens of vendors, bull riding, a taco tournament, a truck championship, and cultural performances of many kinds throughout the day.
Some events are ticketed. Learn more about ticket prices here.
More than 100 entrants are expected to jam-pack the festivities in Saginaw on Saturday, May 7 at Huntington Event Park.
The parade begins at 10:30 a.m., and the route heads over the Court Street Bridge and turns north on North Michigan Avenue, before moving east onto Genesee ending at Saginaw Arts and Science Academy (SASA) back parking area. Restaurants, civic associations, youth groups, marching bands and low-rider vehicles will participate.
The festival at Ojibway runs from noon until 5 p.m. The public is invited to sample tasty Mexican food from vendors and enjoy the live music and folkloric dancers. Activities for children include an inflatable play land area with six inflatables rides.
Huntington Event Park is located at 300 Johnston St.
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Lincoln Park will host its street fair-style gathering from noon until 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, behind the Turning Point Clubhouse at 1605 Fort St., at O’Connor Avenue.
The family-friendly event is free and open to the public and will offer over 30 vendors, crafters, and food trucks. Multiple authentic Mexican dance groups and musicians will perform throughout the day, and bounce houses and face-painting will be available for children.
Turning Point Clubhouse is located at 1605 Fort St., at O’Connor Avenue.
The theme of this year’s Cinco de Mayo in Adrian is “Come on and Let’s Dance.”
The parade will line up at the corner of Greenly and West Maumee streets at noon on Saturday, May 7 and is expected to begin at 1 p.m. The route moves eastward through downtown Adrian, concluding in front of the Lenawee County Fair & Event Grounds on Dean Street.
The festival and fiesta portion of the event will be held at Eden Gardens, which is located at 2601 E. Maumee St. Live music begins at 4 p.m.
Photo credit: Ballet Folklórico De Detroit
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