Cinco de Mayo on Cherokee Street Turns Five: Parade Route, Set Times, and More

The largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in St. Louis celebrates its fifth year on Saturday. As in years past, Cherokee street will have a parade, live music on two stages and art. And partly thanks to a partnership with Dos Lunas tequila, who provided the billboard you may have seen on Interstate 44, the Festival has never had more exposure. You're probably going to need to get there early if you want a decent parking spot. If you've been in years past, you pretty much know what to expect this year; the only significant change is the addition of a kid's area with small mechanical rides and the like. Parade route and set times for both stages below.

The Festival is presented by the Cherokee Station Business Association. "We want to celebrate our community, celebrate the diversity and bring new faces down to our street," says Association employee Emily Blincow. "Check out what we've got to offer down here."

There will two stages with live music; the Cinco Main Stage features traditional Latin music and the Gringo Stage (curated for the first time by the St. Louis Secret Sound Society) features an impressive lineup of local bands ranging from electronic to rock to folk.

Gringo Stage (Nebraska and Cherokee)

1:00 - 1:30 Humdrum
1:50 - 2:20 Blood Pony
2:40 - 3:10 Starfish
3:30 - 4:00 The Breaks
4:20 - 4:50 Jay Fay
5:10 - 5:40 Bo and the Locomotive
6:00 - 6:30 LaVelle Spitz
6:50 - 7:20 Nee
7:40 - 8:10 Sleepy Kitty
7:10 - 8:40 Safety Words/ Set Change
8:40 - 9:30 So Many Dynamos

Cinco Main Stage (California and Cherokee

12:00 - 1:30 Rodante Show de La Sierra
2:00 - 3:30 Boogie Chyld
4:00 - 5:30 Desesperados del Norte
6:00 - 7:30 Javier Mendoza
8:00 -9:30 Grupo Navegante

The People's Joy Parade is not financially affiliated with the Festival; it is completely community supported. This is the Parade's third year, and, as described on its web site, it will feature, "crepe paper float makers, home made costume fashionistas, b-boys/girls, midnight minstrels, Gigante puppeteers, art cars, bike brigades, moving installation artists, Elvis impersonators, cardboard bricoleurs, rainbow dancers, knights of St. Louis, drag queens, beat making marching bands, Mexican wrestlers, robot makers, Virgin of Guadalupe's, and lost members of the Missouri tribe that seeks recognize the importance of the people who make up a community." '

The parade starts at 1:11 p.m. at Minnesota and Cherokee. The route is detailed in orange.

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You people do realize that Cinco de Mayo is a fabricated holiday, like Kwanzaa, don't you?


Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Mexican independence day is September 16. Kwanzaa is not a fabricated holiday (like those obscure special days courtesy of Hallmark). It was intentionally designed a few years after 1964 when African Americans (well, ALL Americans) were guaranteed their civil rights, including the right to vote. It was a celebration of their heritage and history. Some people celebrated it in the 1970's but I do not know a single person who celebrates today. If you want to understand where you are today and where you will be in the future - you need to know you history!


fabricate deez nuts, nigga


Thanks for quoting Wikipedia to me. I know all about the MINOR battle in Puebla, the ONLY place Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Mexico. Cinco de Mayo was conjured up in the US by CORONA BEER, which was having trouble selling their brand after rumors of Mexican employees urinating in the beer vats. It was their way of improving sales of their MEXICAN BEER. Why not celebrate on Mexican Independence Day? Because "El dieciseis de septiembre" is too hard to say, and "El Grito" doesn't sound appetizing.

And Kwanzaa is a COMPLETELY fabricated holiday by your own admission ("intentionally designed" = FABRICATED). But you failed to mention that Kwanzaa was made up by Ron Karenga, a violent black militant (there goes your "all" Americans nonsense) originally hired by the FBI to spy on the Black Panthers, who spent time in jail for his naughty doings with his terrorist group, The United Slaves.

Maybe YOU should study first, then speak.

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