Join NBC 5 and the Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts at the 2018 Dallas Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 5, from 10am-4pm on historic Jefferson Blvd. in Oak Cliff. The Big Parade is from 10am-Noon with festive floats, marching bands, tailgating & awards. The fiesta on Jefferson Blvd. gets the party going from 10am-4pm with a Cultural Expressions Showcase featuring dazzling ballet folklorico, mariachis & live bands, DJs on every block playing diverse musical genres, vendors & food trucks, and FREE PARKING. Shop & dine on Jefferson Blvd and enjoy special offers on a variety of products and delicious food from over 200 participating storefronts.
Cinco de Mayo refers to the Battle of Puebla, a decisive battle fought on May 5, 1862 in Mexico by the Mexican Army led by the Texas born General Ignacio Zaragoza, against the French invaders. The battle did not mark the end of the war but served as a notable Mexican victory. It was a turning point of hope for the Mexican people. The victory ignited historic celebrations, known today as Cinco de Mayo. This festival is the biggest and longest running (30 years) area celebration held along the historic Jefferson Blvd., which is considered the epicenter of commercial and cultural affairs of the Mexican-American community. Produced by Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts, Inc., a non-profit 501 (C) 3 organization whose purpose is to promote the arts and education.
Reference material taken in part from the following sources: NBC 5 News