Celebrate 102 Years Of Cinco De Mayo In Omaha

Girls dancing in colorful costumes during a Cinco de Mayo Celebration

This weekend marks the 102nd anniversary of Omaha’s Cinco De Mayo celebration. So, if you’re looking for something fun to do, come out and join the fiesta.  You will not be disappointed.

The History of Cinco de Mayo in Omaha, NE

To honor their rich Hispanic and Mexican heritage, the South Omaha Latino community has hosted several festivals and celebrations throughout the decades. In 1920, 500 people participated in the first documented Cinco de Mayo celebration in South Omaha. They enjoyed traditional food, music, and a dance.  Now, 102 years later, Omaha’s Cinco de Mayo celebration is huge. And when we say huge, we mean HUGE. The celebration regularly draws in over 250,000 visitors from across Nebraska and neighboring states. Instead of a single evening of fun, the party lasts the whole weekend. So, you’ll have three whole days to join in the festivities.

Omaha Cinco de Mayo – May 6, 2022

This year the celebrations will be far more than just a dance. The festival will include, live music, carnival rides, food, a parade, a MISS coronation, and even a dog contest. The celebrations will kick off at 5:00 PM on Friday when the carnival grounds open.  You can enjoy a few rides and sample the food in the food court before you watch the adorable young Miss and Mister coronation on the Plaza Stage at 7:00 PM. Then, catch a performance by Sonora Tropicana and Los Nobles.

Omaha Cinco de Mayo – May 7, 2022

On Saturday at 10:00 AM, find a spot along historic 24th Street to watch the largest Cinco de Mayo parade in the Midwest. The carnival will be open at 11:00 AM, but don’t miss the Que Chulo Dog Contest that starts at 11:30. Just like the day before, you’ll find live music and entertainment throughout the festival.

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Omaha Cinco de Mayo – May 8, 2022

Start the closing day of the celebration with the Baile con Caballos (dancing horse show) at noon. Then head to the Plaza stage for an evening of concerts and musicals. Before the weekend is over, make sure you explore the 24th Street Food Court and the Bimbo Plaza Food Court. Both will be overflowing with tasty, South Omaha cuisine and traditional Mexican food.

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