HISTORY OF MEXICAN FESTIVALS
in Omaha, NE
In honor of its rich Mexican heritage, Nebraska’s South Omaha Latino community has been hosting Mexican festivals in Omaha for decades, dating back to 1920. Throughout history the festivities have included a parade, food, dancers and live music— a tradition of cultural pride.
One of the first documented Mexican festivals took place in 1920 in South Omaha with music and a dance. Some 500 Mexicans and their families celebrated...then in 1921,Leopoldo Villasenor assisted in holding the Mexican festival at Union Hall.
Some of the first documented photos from the Barrientos family archives. This Mexican festival took place in the 1930s at 24 & P Street along historic South 24th Street.