Posted on May 7, 2024

Cinco de Mayo Parade Disrupted in Chicago Due to Gang Violence, 27 Arrested

Tia Ewing, WFLD, May 6, 2024

A Cinco de Mayo parade that celebrates Mexican heritage in Chicago was disrupted Sunday due to gang violence.

The long-running event was scheduled to start near Damen Avenue and Cermak Road at noon in the Little Village neighborhood.

However, ShotSpotter alerted the Chicago Police Department gunfire was detected in the area, leading to the parade’s cancelation.


Video showed rival gangs along the parade route, flashing signs from the crowds. Chicago police said 27 people were arrested and some of them had guns in their possession.


FOX 32 Chicago spoke with Hector Escobar, the president of Casa Puebla, last week about the event. He said he was looking forward to having the community enjoy something beautiful together.