La Unión Cívica Mexicana of Saginaw presents the 43rd annual Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Jolt Credit Union Event Park. This year's theme is “The Return of the Cinco de Mayo — In Memory/En Memoria” remembering all those we lost to this pandemic. Organizers expect over 100 entrants, making the Saginaw Cinco de Mayo Parade the largest Hispanic parade in the state of Michigan. The event commemorates the famous May 5, 1852 Battle at Puebla in Mexico in which a small army of Mexicans led by Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza defeated much larger French invading forces sent by Napoleon III, but also the positive contributions of local Hispanics in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Its staging area is on Fordney Street across from Ojibway Island. The parade then heads over the Court Street Bridge and turns north on North Michigan Ave., then east onto Genesee ending at Saginaw Arts and Science Academy (SASA) back parking area. Restaurants, civic associations, youth groups, marching bands and low rider vehicles will participate.
FESTIVAL AT JOLT CREDIT UNION EVENT PARK
The festival at Ojibway runs from 12:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to sample tasty Mexican food from vendors and enjoy the live music and folkloric dancers. Activities for the children include an Inflatable Play Land area with six inflatables rides.
A Cinco de Mayo Favorite