Return of Cinco de Mayo Parade
DETROIT, June 11, 2014:
The Mexican Patriotic Committee (MPC) of Metro Detroit
recently met with local residents, nonprofit agencies, business
owners and parade participants to discuss the future of the
annual “Cinco de Mayo” Parade in southwest Detroit.
As a result of this meeting, MPC will continue the annual tradition
that has been a part of the southwest Detroit community for more
than 50 years. The next “Cinco de Mayo” Parade will be held in
southwest Detroit on Sunday, May 3, 2015.
“The tragic occurrence that took place on May 4, 2014 does not
define us as a community nor reflect the 50 years of wonderful
cultural celebration in southwest Detroit,” said Mexican
Patriotic Committee Officer Gloria Rocha. “It was the
consensus of our local stakeholders who participated in our
post-event discussion to support this annual event, which
acknowledges the diverse history, heritage and pride in our
The Mexican Patriotic Committee will continue to work with local
partners, the City of Detroit and the Detroit Police Department
to ensure safety remains one of our top priorities at future
The 2014 Cinco de Mayo Parade featured 198 unique participants,
including Mexican wrestlers, local horse groups, dance troupes,
marching bands, traditional and modern musicians, floats,
politicians, and much more. The MPC estimated more than 40,000
attendees joined the coalition of Latino, white, black, and
Native American cultures in southwest Detroit for the annual
celebration. Established in the early 1900s, MPC remains one of
the oldest Mexican organizations in Michigan.
The Cinco de Mayo Parade celebrates Mexico’s 1862 Battle of
Puebla. This conflict featured outnumbered Mexican forces
resisting France’s initial attempts at invasion, which
ultimately sparked national unity and pride among the people of
Mexico. This eventually gave rise to the permanent removal of
the French occupation. It has become a time of year when
southwest Detroit families and friends come together to renew
relationships and celebrate Mexican culture.
The Cinco de Mayo Parade is sponsored by the Mexican Patriotic
Committee of Metro Detroit and supported by its community
partners, the West Vernor & Springwells Business Improvement
District (BID), the Southwest Detroit Business Association,
local businesses and community volunteers.