Guide to Cinco de Mayo

Guide to Cinco de Mayo

When it comes to Cinco de Mayo, no one does it like Saint Paul's West Side. Here's what you need to know about Minnesota's largest Latino event.

Cinco de Mayo 2020 is being held virtually due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

10 a.m. – Online viewing of 2019 parade
12 p.m. – Virtual Car, Truck and Bike Show presented by Post Consumer Brands
​ 3 p.m. – Facebook Live performance benefiting Neighborhood House


To participate, visit the Cinco de Mayo facebook page. 



West Siders, Saint Paulites, Minnesotans and Midwesterners of all ages and backgrounds. You'll want to leave your pup at home though as the festival is not open to animals.


The 35th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival, the largest Latino event in Minnesota, celebrating the West Side community’s Mexican heritage and Mexico’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The festival features a parade, a 5K, live music, a car and bike show, an authentic "placita" market and, of course, tons of delicious Mexican food. Learn about West Side’s rich history and bring the kids to the family zone for various cultural activities and learning. If you really want to turn up the heat, try your hand at the Jalapeño eating contest.

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Saturday, May 2

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Parade starts at 9:30 a.m.

Check in here for a detailed schedule of events.


Cesar Chavez Street (between Robert St. and Highway 52) in Saint Paul’s West Side.  


It should come as no surprise that the largest Cinco de Mayo festival in the state is held in Saint Paul’s West Side, a neighborhood with an incredibly rich Mexican heritage. The festival began in 1985 as a celebration of the community and its businesses, and a means for preserving the area’s culture and history. It is a gathering of local residents as much as it is an opportunity for non-residents to experience the vibrancy of Saint Paul’s West Side. Stop by the festival’s History Zone to learn more.

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How could you not? Especially with free rides from Metro Transit! Download your free pass and hop off the bus at the Wabasha stop near Boca Chica (please note that this stop will be closed from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for the parade). Paid parking is also available in the Red Cross and Keefe parking lots, about a 10-minute walk from the festival. For a list of road closures, click here

We can't wait to see how much fun you're having at Cinco de Mayo! Share with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #MYSAINTPAUL!

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