South 24th Street is going to be full of colors, music and food this month as the 100th anniversary of the Omaha Cinco de Mayo celebration takes place June 11-13. For three days everybody is invited to enjoy the festival that will take place on Plaza de la Raza at 24th and N streets.

Get out and enjoy live music and entertainment, carnival rides, food, exhibitors, a health fair, the Miss Cinco de Mayo coronation and plenty of games along historic South 24th Street, which was recognized as one of the Great Places in America by the American Planning Association.

South Omaha restaurants will be offering delicious food and special promotions. 

The festival will also host a banquet to recognize Latino families who have contributed to the Omaha fabric of life.

Friday, June 11 

Miss Cinco de Mayo will be crowned at 7 p.m. on the Plaza stage. At 8 p.m. enjoy the band Los Horoscopos de Durango. A carnival will run from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Get ​$5 off the purchase of an all-day carnival ride pass at any Supermercado Nuestra Familia.

Saturday, June 12 

A parade celebrating South Omaha’s heritage will march down South 24th beginning at 10 a.m. It will feature floats, marching bands and other entertainers. At 11 a.m. the fiesta and exhibitions begin. There will also be a health fair with professionals available to provide health information and free screenings.

At 2 p.m., the band “Oye Como Va” pays tribute to Carlos Santana.

Also Saturday, attendees can pick up a pair of wireless headphones and join the Silent Disco Fiesta “Cinco de Disco” featuring three of Omaha’s premier DJs playing the hottest music in Spanish and English. 

Sunday, June 13

Sunday will begin at 10 a.m. with morning Mass featuring liturgical music led by a traditional mariachi and performers from Assumption-Guadalupe Catholic Church.

The carnival then continues from noon until 7:30 pm. Don’t miss the Vaqueros exhibiting their dancing horses at 1:30 p.m. on the Plaza stage. Los Angeles-based singer Graciela Beltrán performs at 4 p.m. Beltrán is considered one of Mexico’s most influential female voices.


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