Cinco de Mayo — widely celebrated in the United States, although it’s a minor holiday in Mexico — honors the Mexican army’s victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War’s Battle of Puebla.
Make your Cinco de Mayo memorable this year with one of these events in North Texas.
Presented by the Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts, this family-friendly celebration includes marching bands, dancers, decorated floats and DJs. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center with a kickoff ceremony at 9 a.m.
Catch a free screening of the Oscar award-winning animated film, Coco. The Dallas Farmers Market will be showing Pixar’s Coco at 7:45 p.m.
Bring blankets, chairs and picnic baskets to Old Settler’s Park and Recreation Center in McKinney for a free concert. Beginning at 9 a.m., performances include the Mariachi Caporales, Alma Salvaje Argentina and Folkloric Dancing. A dance workshop will also be offered at 8 a.m.
Enjoy a mariachi-classical music mashup from world-renowned Mariachi Los Camperos and the Irving Symphony Orchestra. Led by Maestro Hector Guzman, the concert is produced by the United States-Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation in collaboration with the City of Irving and Live Nation.
Start your Cinco de Mayo with yoga and meditation at the terrace at Mockingbird Station. The class begins at 9 a.m., but stick around for henna, braid bar and Cinco de Mayo specials throughout the Station all afternoon.