Festivals, Holiday

Cinco de Mayo Cherokee Street

When: Sat., May 7, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 2016

Despite the common misconception, Cinco De Mayo is not Mexico's independence day (that's September 16). It's not even that big a deal in Mexico, but that's OK. Americans coming together to celebrate the culture and people of Mexico is a good thing regardless of the reason — we're neighbors, so we should be nice to each other. Cinco de Mayo Cherokee Street is a street festival dedicated to the spirit of neighbors getting outside to party together. The residents and business owners along Cherokee invite you to come down and join the fun — there ain't no wall separating you from them. This year's Cinco de Mayo is centered on on the intersection of Ohio Avenue and Cherokee Street (www.cincodemayostl.com), and festivities run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today. You'll eat well, drink even better and get to hear a ton of great music on three different stages. And don't forget the People's Joy Parade, which starts at 1:11 p.m. and stars Mexican wrestlers, dancers, puppeteers, neighborhood kids, artists and pretty much everyone else who signs up before the May 6 deadline. Admission, like empathy, don't cost nothing.

Paul Friswold

Price: free admission