Philadelphia's Carnavaleros (2018- )
Showcasing Philadelphia's vibrant Mexican culture, El Carnival de Puebla is an annual festival taking place each year in the run up to Cinco de Mayo. Around 10,000 people flood the streets, as the 3 mile parade route snakes through the largely residential neighborhoods of South Philadelphia.
The celebration commemorates Mexico's victory over the invading French army in Puebla on May 5, 1862. Philadelphia's parade is replete with all the traditions found in Puebla, Mexico. Participants dress in costumes representing the different divisions of the Mexican army of 1860s. In Philadelphia's iteration, representation from the indigenous community have been included to honor Mexico's Aztec heritage. Collectively, the revelers in the Carnaval de Puebla are known as Carnavaleros.