A festive celebration of South-of-the-Border culture that’s enjoyed worldwide, Cinco de Mayo (or “5th of May”) commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. This, and Mexican Independence Day (celebrated in September in the Little Village neighborhood’s “Festival de La Villita”), are two of the biggest Mexican festivals in the Midwest. In the case of Cinco de Mayo, it has become a global phenomenon.
This 4th annual gala is held in the Little Village neighborhood, the heart of Chicago’s Mexican community. It will again feature plenty of live music, authentic foods, arts & crafts, activities for families and children and much more.