Cinco de Mayo celebrations commemorate the Mexican victory over the French army during the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. From commemorating Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla to celebrating the diverse and influential Mexican-American culture in New Orleans and nationwide, Cinco de Mayo is a day filled with festivities, love and strength.
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Cinco de Mayo Brass Band Block Party
400 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116
Nola Cantina is partnering with the New Orleans Jazz Museum to present the First Annual Cinco de Mayo Brass Band Block Party on May 5th, featuring Painting with a Twist, Tacos, Tequila, music and more! There will be drink and food specials and live performances by Krewe de Mauahule, Treme Lafitte Brass Band and the Pinettes Brass Band. The celebration will take place all day, performances at the Jazz Museum begin at 6:30pm.
Free and open to the public.
Entertainment will be featured beginning at the New Orleans Jazz Museum and then moving to NOLA Cantina as the evening moves on.
JAZZ MUSEUM MUSIC SCHEDULE
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Lecco Morris (solo pianist)
1-4 p.m., MVT Latin TrioTrio
4-6 p.m., Painting with a Twist art competition
6:30-7 p.m., Krewe du Mauhule (Latin Drum Band)
7-7:45 p.m., Treme Lafitte Brass Band
8-9 p.m., The Original Pinettes Brass Band
9 p.m.-midnight, LA Tran0K Band (10-piece Latin band)
The Krewe de Mayahuel, named after the Aztec goddess of agave, will also take the stage at the museum at 6:30 p.m. to introduce themselves, explain the significance of Mexican heritage in New Orleans and parade around the grounds before performing at the museum.
Painting with a Twist will take place at NOLA Cantina from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Memories of My Cinco de Mayo in Minnesota
I’m usually in Minnesota for Cinco de Mayo and I must admit the Twin Cities do it the best! Sorry, New Orleans but I have to give my city a “C” when it comes to celebrating this holiday. Let’s see how tomorrow goes down, there’s a great line up at the Jazz Museum and the menu sounds tasty. There’is one factor that will bump you up to a “B” easily and that is, sweet, salty, buttery, cheesey Mexican Corn! I love it and the smell of corn roasting signifies it’s Cinco de Mayo for me!
I will miss the exciting, vibrant, lively, and festive family-friendly extravaganza in the Twin Cities. There’is the annual car show, a parade, a huge festival with stages authentic Mexican musicians, dancers and performers dressed in traditional costumes. It’s defiantly a cultural experience.
I love my city, New Orleans and it feels like I’m cheating as I go down the Minnesota Cinco de Mayo memory and to tell you all that Nola can’t do it like the Twin Cities… But I’m thinking the festivies here aren’t as big as I believe it should be because there isn’t a huge population of Mexicans and American Mexicans.
Why do you think there’s not a Cinco de Mayo Festival in New Orleans?