The Dallas Cinco de Mayo has been a tradition for 23 years. It started in 1988 as a parade celebrating the historic battle known as La Batalla de Puebla that took place in Puebla, Mexico, in 1862. The Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts (OCCA), has been producing the event since 1995. That's 17 years, going on 18 years in 2014.
The theme for the Dallas Cinco de Mayo 2014 is "El Corazon de Oak Cliff".
The Dallas Cinco de Mayo will be held on Saturday, May 3rd. The Festival is held from 10 am to 4pm. The Parade starts at 11am.
CINCO DE MAYO applies the proceeds to their arts and educational programming, including art workshops and scholarships.
Attendance is expected to be 20,000. The parade has never been cancelled in 17 years (knock on wood).
The parade is about one mile long and is held on Jefferson Boulevard in the Oak Cliff neighborhood. The festival features local bands and traditional and non-traditional dance performances.
The parade participation has doubled in recent years, with 100 entries representing hundreds of individuals.
Parade floats, decorated vehicles, and marching/walking groups are lively and folkloric. Trophies are awarded to the "best" in several categories, making the event competitive with unique and artistic creations on vehicles and costumes.
The Dallas Cinco de Mayo is a family-oriented event that is safe and fun for all ages to enjoy. There is no admission fee to view the parade or enjoy the festival. No criminal incidents have been reported or related to the parade or festival.
The Dallas Cinco de Mayo is the larget parade in Dallas prompting Mayor Rawlings to declare it “The Official Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Dallas” in 2012.
The fiesta committee will oversee the coordination and programming. Sponsors and partners are invited to participate.
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