Cinco de Mayo Parade in Chicago

Cinco de Mayo gets bigger and bigger every year, growing in popularity. 
There is no shortage of things to do in Chicago for Cinco de Mayo, or
Fifth of May. Historically, it’s a Mexican holiday celebrating the
victory of Mexican forces over French invaders in 1862. Since then, it
has become the day when people all across North America celebrate
Mexican culture, whether it be through Mexican food,
music, or dress.
 Chicago is no different and has a few large
celebrations perfect for anyone looking to get into the spirit of the
Chicago’s Cinco de Mayo Parade is one of the largest Cinco de Mayo
celebrations in the Midwest. Taking place on the holiday itself, the
parade includes marching bands, floats, and a plethora of other sights
celebrating Mexican culture. The parade starts at the intersection of
Cermak and Wood, in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood,
and moves west down Cermak until it hits Kedzie Avenue. It is scheduled
to start at noon, but arrive early for a good viewing position, as the
parade is well attended every year.

Cinco de Mayo Festival

This festival held in Chicago’s Little Village is an event for the
whole family. Featuring authentic Mexican cuisine and music, the
festival is a great place to hang out on the days surrounding Cinco de
Mayo. Additionally, there’s no shortage of activities for the kids; from
arts and crafts to carnival style games, the festival is a sure hit for
any child. The event takes place at 26th and Kostner, and runs from
Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5. The festival opens at 6pm and ends at
11pm on Friday, then extends its hours for Saturday and Sunday, lasting
from 2pm to 11pm.

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