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Cinco De Mayo in the Windy City

Do you know how big the Mexican presence and culture is in Chicago, especially in neighborhoods like Pilsen and Little Village. According to the Culture Trip, in 2010 there were 578,100 people of full or partial Mexican Descent, with an additional 400,000 surrounding Cook County. Making Chicago the second major U.S. city with Mexican-born residents, surpassing Houston and San Antonio.

A lot of people assume that due to the light nature associated with Cinco de Mayo, it’s because it’s the celebration of Cinco De Mayo in the Windy City, which is actually on September 16th. Although it’s a celebration, nonetheless, the meaning of the holiday surrounds the Mexican army’s victory in the battle of Puebla against the second french empire on May 5th, 1862. From vibrant parades and bar specials, Chicago might be the perfect place to kick off your Cinco de Mayo celebration.

A Guide to Chicago Cinco De Mayo

Cinco De Mayo Parade: On May 5th, 2024, Chicago is hosting their annual Cinco De Mayo Parade. It starts at noon, at the intersection of Cermak Rd. and Wood St, traveling west to Marshall Blvd. After the parade, check out the Douglas Park festival,  with a carnival, live music, and food.

Mexico Navy Pier Fest: Happening Friday, May 3rd until Sunday, May 5th, 2024, Navy Pier is partnering with Consulado General de Mexico en Chicago and The Governments of Nayarit, Chihuahua, and Queretaro.  This festival immerses you into an atmosphere of music, Mexican artist performances, workshops, and over 30 different vendors.

National Museum of Mexican Art: The museum showcases Mexican art and different Chicago artists who participated in the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. From “Good Times, Kind People” happening on May 14th, 2024  to “A Day Without a Mexican: 20 Years Later” on May 17th, 2024, check out the National Museum of Mexican Arts’ website for all news on their upcoming events.

Lawndale Mexico Week: Check out Lawndale News’ Mexico Week. Starting May 3rd and ending May 12th, they invite you to “Join the celebration featuring the states of Chihuahua, Nayarit, Queretaro, and the City of Durango. From Mexican wine-tasting events to a “Best of Mexico” Restaurant Guide. Lawndale Mexico Week is a perfect way to kick off Cinco De Mayo.

It’s time to pull out your best bright outfits and for a touch of festivity, a sombrero, and join in on the celebration!

 

By Journey Powell, Freshman, Spelman College

Instagram: journeyaliah

 

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Written by Journey

Hiii, I’m Journey. I love to model and write poetry. My favorite movie series is Harry Potter.

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