One of the biggest parties in Omaha will take place this weekend at the Cinco de Mayo festival in South Omaha.
But the festival isn't all Mariachi music and Mexican food.
Here are 10 things you might not know about the Cinco de Mayo festival.
1. Cinco de Mayo isn't Mexico's Independence Day.
Cinco de Mayo celebrates just one victory over France in Mexico's long battle for independence. The holiday is more of a celebration of Mexican culture and traditions, much like St. Patrick's Day is more about Irish culture now than celebrating the saint. The festival will feature music, fashion, food and crafts from and inspired by Mexico.
2. Cinco de Mayo won't be celebrated just on Saturday.
Even though that day is officially the 5th of May, Omaha's Cinco de Mayo festival is a week-long celebration. The festivities started on Tuesday and the Cinco de Mayo committee will host events each day of the week.
3. The Cinco de Mayo festival is free.
Marcos Mora, the festival's marketing director, said although it has been a big part of the South Omaha community for over 20 years, not many people outside of the area know about the festival. He hopes by letting people all over Omaha know that it is a free, family-orientated event, it will draw in people from different parts of the metro.
4. This year celebrates the 150th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo.
The festival is expanding its events to commemorate the anniversary with special videos about the history of Cinco de Mayo.
5. The Cinco de Mayo's parade is one of the biggest in the Midwest.
Mora said there will be more than 100 entries in this year's parade.
6. This year they've added a health fair.
On Sunday, Cinco de Mayo will host a health fair to promote the festival's theme: Healthy Lifestyles.
7. All proceeds from the festival go back into the community.
Cinco de Mayo has partnered with area businesses to fund everything from the bands to the beer gardens, with all the money funneling back into community nonprofit organizations.
8. The festival features nationally known music acts.
Cinco de Mayo has brought in professional, well-known music acts in the Latin community, including Sonora Tropicana and Banda La Unica de Jerez.
9. You won't just hear Mariachi music at Cinco de Mayo.
All different genres of music will be heard during the event, including banda, which sounds like a mix between a marching band and a Czech polka, and Norteńo, which sounds like country music.
10. There's plenty of fun for the kids.
Mundo de Nińos or Kid's World is designed especially for children ages 2 to 10. Clowns, carnival rides, face painting and prizes will take up over two blocks of the Cinco de Mayo festival.
For more information about the festival visit www.cincodemayoomaha.com.