Cinco de Mayo commemorates when the Mexican army won a battle over the French on May 5, 1862, during the Franco-Mexican War. Here are a few ways to honor the Mexican heritage of the date and enjoy the fun holiday it has become in the United States.
Cinco de Mayo Dallas
FREE The Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts isn’t hosting its usual parade along Jefferson Boulevard this year. Instead there will be three hours of online programming, beginning with an opening ceremony. There will also be performances by mariachi bands and ballet folklorico dancers, music by singer Laura Linda and her band, poetry, video from celebrations in Mexico and more.
May 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. at oakcliffart.org.
Cinco de Mayo Mesquite
FREE The usual festival hosted by the city of Mesquite and the Hispanic Forum of Mesquite will be virtual this year. Watch it live on May 5 to see dance and musical performances, speeches and more on Facebook or log on later to view it on Facebook or YouTube.
Cinco de Mayo Duncanville
FREE Los Texmaniacs headline this festival, which also includes food for sale and bounce houses for the kids.
May 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Armstrong Park’s amphitheater, 100 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville. duncanville.com/event.
Cinco de Mayo Irving
FREE Irving Mall will host a free festival inside at the Center Court on the upper level. There will be music and dance performances by Alma y Corazón Tejano Ballet Folklórico, arts and crafts and more.
May 2 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Irving Mall, 3880 Irving Mall (Airport Freeway at Belt Line Road), Irving. shopirvingmall.com.
Cinco de Mayo Rockwall
FREE Rescheduled from May 1, this outdoor concert will feature Norma Valles, Casita Band and Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico on the courthouse stage. Attendees are welcome to take chairs and coolers.
May 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. on the historic square, 101 E. Rusk St., Rockwall. facebook.com/downtownrockwall.
Cinco de Mayo at Traders Village
FREE This family-friendly celebration will include live music, food for sale and carnival rides.
May 2 from noon to 5 p.m. at Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road, Grand Prairie. Free admission, $5 parking. tradersvillage.com.
Cinco de Mayo Cruise Parade
FREE Vintage custom cars will travel Main Street in Grand Prairie from Southeast 19th Street to Great Southwest Parkway.
May 1 at 10 a.m., beginning at Terry’s Supermarket, 1830 E. Main St., Grand Prairie. gptx.org/residents/community-calendar.