Cinco de Mayo Fair and Parade
Date: Sunday, May 5
Time: Fair (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) Parade (1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Location: Fair (33rd St. between 6th and 7th Aves.) Parade (Central Park West between 92nd and 102nd Sts.)
Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not a day to celebrate Mexico's independence; It commemorates the Battle of Puebla in 1862 when a small, undermatched Mexican army defeated the invading French. Sunday's fair and parade strives to celebrate Mexican heritage. The parade will honor the culture through music and dance while the fair will honor the most loved aspect of Mexican culture: the cuisine.