After a one-year hiatus, El Carnaval de Puebla returns to South Philadelphia on Sunday, April 29 for a huge celebration of Mexican culture and history.
Honoring Mexico’s 1862 victory at the Battle of Puebla, El Carnaval de Puebla — one of the city’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations — features hundreds of Carnavaleros parading down Washington Avenue followed by a big fest in Pennsport.
EL CARNAVAL DE PUEBLA FAST FACTS
- El Carnaval de Puebla goes down Sunday, April 29.
- The event includes a welcome celebration, a parade and a festival with bites from Mexican food trucks.
- Four bands — including two from Mexico — will perform.
- More than 15,000 people are expected to attend.
What To Expect
El Carnaval de Puebla commemorates Mexico’s military victory at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, where the Mexican Army successfully defended the city of Puebla from French invaders. (Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo celebrates this victory and not Mexican independence, which is celebrated on September 16.)
Philadelphia’s El Carnaval de Puebla event kicks off with a welcome celebration at 1417 Moore Street at 8 a.m.
Then, starting at noon, hundreds of men and women dressed in bearded masks, capes and other Mexican stylings representing historic individuals from the monumental battle parade down Washington Avenue.
The parade begins at 16th Street and Washington Avenue and concludes at Sacks Playground (4th Street and Washington Avenue), where a big festival goes down. Four live bands (including two from Mexico) will provide entertainment.
Visitors can also buy tacos and other bites from Mexican food trucks and crafts from select vendors on hand.
Overall, up to 15,000 people are expected to attend El Carnaval de Puebla this year.
How To Get There
Washington Avenue is accessible via the Broad Street Line. Hop off at the Ellsworth-Federal stop and make the three-minute walk to Washington Avenue.
For those driving, limited parking is available on streets near Washington Avenue.
Don’t miss this chance to enjoy one of the biggest Latin American events of the year in Philadelphia!