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Attending a Community Celebration near Siouxland, Cinco de Mayo, Omaha, NE

5 Jun

Parade participants dance and perform during the Cinco de Mayo parade in south Omaha, NE Saturday May 7, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I always love a nice parade, even if I need to drive a bit outside of Siouxland to see one. In early May a Cinco de Mayo parade was held in South Omaha celebrating Mexico’s victory of France in a battle that occurred in the 1860’s. According to a history site the celebration, while a minor kind of celebration in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of note for Mexican culture and heritage in the United States.

Parade participants dance and perform during the Cinco de Mayo parade in south Omaha, NE Saturday May 7, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

People line the streets to watch the Cinco de Mayo parade in south Omaha, NE Saturday May 7, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Parade participants dance and perform during the Cinco de Mayo parade in south Omaha, NE Saturday May 7, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

And like most parades these days, this one had its own pace to maintain, and also allow various organizations and parade participants a chance to perform and share their culture with those watching. One interesting side note is that candy and other items that are normally tossed with abandoned and the hopes it falls outside of the parade route at those parades I have attended in the past in Siouxland, was forbidden at this parade. Folk with stuff had to actually walk over to those on the sidewalk and hand the candy or items to the people so there would be no issues with kids running into the streets to retrieve the goods. Of many parades I have attended I have seen a few near misses of tires and small children colliding with no one apparently “minding the store” to ensure safety.

It was a nice way to spend a day and to appreciate another culture and heritage of this melting pot we call the United States.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A parade participant reaches for more candy to hand out to children during the Cinco de Mayo parade in south Omaha, NE Saturday May 7, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Two Caballeros ride their horses during the Cinco de Mayo parade in south Omaha, NE Saturday May 7, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A person holds a Mexican flag during the Cinco de Mayo parade in south Omaha, NE Saturday May 7, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Dressed in costume evoking a historical person parade participants walks during the Cinco de Mayo parade in south Omaha, NE Saturday May 7, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Dressed in costume evoking a historical person a parade participant walks during the Cinco de Mayo parade in south Omaha, NE Saturday May 7, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Parade participants dance and perform during the Cinco de Mayo parade in south Omaha, NE Saturday May 7, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Parade participants dance and perform during the Cinco de Mayo parade in south Omaha, NE Saturday May 7, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

an attendee snaps a camera phone picture during the Cinco de Mayo parade in south Omaha, NE Saturday May 7, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

An area marching band parades in front of carnival at the Cinco de Mayo parade in south Omaha, NE Saturday May 7, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
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