Detroit Cinco de Mayo parade returns with music, floats, community

The Cinco de Mayo parade returned to the streets of southwest Detroit on Sunday with mariachi bands, dancers and floats drawing hundreds of people despite light rain.

The parade, the first one since the COVID-19 pandemic began two years ago, was a welcomed celebration of the Mexican holiday as well as Mexican culture in Detroit and around the US

“This is what it’s all about,” said Alec Lopez, 27, of Detroit. “It’s about getting together and just being with our community and other communities from around Detroit. This is a much needed community thing, and I’m glad to see it’s back.”

Lopez said he missed the camaraderie around big events like the parade. He was glad to see the crowd, calling it “a win for everyone.”

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