The weather threw a monkey wrench into this year’s Cinco de Mayo Festival in Omaha. Organizer Marcos Mora says the colder than normal weather and the pending rain prompted them to make a difficult decision. They are canceling activities Friday due to rain in the forecast including the start of the carnival.
Mora says events on Saturday and Sunday will go on as scheduled. That includes the parade starting at 10 am. He says there likely will be fewer visitors this year, especially on Saturday but he is hopeful warmer temperatures on Sunday will bring in a bigger crowd.
This is the largest Cinco de Mayo event in the state and last year they welcomed more than 65,000 visitors from Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas and Missouri. The event also serves as a fundraiser for non-profit organizations and last year the festival donated $40,000 to their cause.