Celebrate Cinco de Mayo the Lubbock Way

Maggi Gallaspy

If you’re gearing up to celebrate Mexico’s independence on this side of the border, look no further than Hub City! From parades to authentic Mexican cuisine and live music, your day is sure to be filled with festivities far and wide.

The best way to celebrate a holiday is with an old-fashioned parade. For the eleventh year, Los Hermanos Familia is hosting Lubbock’s Cinco de Mayo Parade. On Saturday, May 6, floats and participants will promote cultural awareness, art and engage the community. 


Drawing in crowds of nearly 7,000 in past years along the streets of Broadway, this parade is a well-known and loved addition to the community. This year’s theme is “!Somos la Fuerza de Nuestra Comunidad – We are the Strength of our community!”

The parade route begins at First Baptist Church at Broadway and Avenue U, moves east on Broadway to Avenue M, then north on Ave. M and ends at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center parking lot.

Next stop, live music!

Known for its top-tier deli and Italian cuisine, Stella’s is changing it up for the holiday. This Cinco de Mayo, Friday, May 5, they will have live music by Dave Martinez from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Another Lubbock gem, Abuelo’s has an enchanting outdoor patio adorned with hanging lights and festive decor. Gather up your family and friends for a night under the West Texas sky. Try a traditional margarita or change it up with their signature raspberry hibiscus or Spanish sangria swirl margaritas. Whatever you do, don’t leave without a dip sampler, served with fresh, house-made chicharonnes. 

For a full list of local Mexican eats, check out our article. (insert link to local Mexican food article) A breakdown of Taqueria Jalisco, The Plaza, Albarran’s and food trucks will give you all the inspiration and drool-worthy recommendations necessary to plan the perfect Cinco de Mayo meal out.