Home | Cinco De Mayo Loop, presented by O&A | Wilmington Delaware

May 5th, 2017


Join us on Friday, May 5th for the inaugural Cinco de Mayo Loop presented by Dos Equis! This year the final loop of the season gets a theme change. Get ready to enjoy the flavors of Mexico. We encourage festive attire, as usual. The party starts at 8pm, and a one-time cover charge grants access to all participating clubs and shuttle service.


Catherine Rooney’s
Chelsea Tavern
Dead Presidents
Ernest & Scott
Gallucio’s Cafe
Grotto Pizza
Kelly’s Logan House
Timothy’s Riverfront
Trolley Oyster House
8th & Union Kitchen



Do I need to wear a costume?
No, but you will feel much more a part of the party if you do. We recommend avoiding any costume that may be offensive to any cultures. Wearing red or green is always a safe choice!

Where do I start the Loop?
There is no official starting point. Select the nightspot you’d like to visit first, pay the cover charge, and you will receive a wristband that gains you admission to all other Loop venues without paying another cover.

What time do the buses start running?

8:00 p.m.

What time do the buses stop running?

The buses stop running their regular routes at 12:45 a.m. and begin making last-visit stops at 1 a.m. Buses stop running at 1:30 a.m. Tip: Be at the last venue you plan to visit by 12:30 a.m.

What does my wristband entitle me to?

Admission to any Loop venue without paying another cover charge and free transportation on the Loop shuttle bus service.

Does the Loop provide shuttle service to Newark and/or the University of Delaware?

No. Private groups do coordinate bus trips to Wilmington but they are not sponsored by the Loop.

Where should I park?
At the venue you plan to be when the Loop concludes (1 a.m.). Don’t wait until after 1 a.m. to catch a bus back to where you parked. There is no guarantee you will be able to accomplish that.

Where do you purchase your wristband?
At the first venue you visit. There are no advance sales of Loop wristbands. Wristband sales begin at 7 p.m. the evening of the Loop.

When did the Loop series start?
The first City Loop was the Friday after Thanksgiving in 1979. The Halloween Loops began the following year, in 1980.

Cinco De Mayo

Is Cinco De Mayo a celebration of Mexican independence?
Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of Mexico’s Independence (which is actually September 16th), but rather a celebration of Mexico’s victory in the battle at Puebla on May 5th, 1862 during the Franco-Mexican war. It was an unlikely win for the Mexican militia who were heavily outnumbered by the French. The victory became a source of pride for the country and is the reason we continue to celebrate today.

Did the U.S. play a part in the battle or war?
Abraham Lincoln sympathized with the Mexican cause during the French occupation but was unable to lend direct support to the nation due to the U.S. Civil War, which was taking place at the same time. When the Civil War finally ended, the U.S. forced France to withdraw its troops from Mexico and their empire collapsed.

Is Cinco De Mayo a federal holiday in Mexico?
Cinco de Mayo is not a federal holiday in Mexico and is a relatively minor holiday outside of Puebla, Veracruz and the United States. In Puebla and Veracruz, however, Cinco de Mayo is a very important state holiday celebrated with parades, festivals and reenactments.

Why is Cinco de Mayo so popular in the U.S.?
Cinco de Mayo became a popular holiday in the U.S. after President Franklin Roosevelt enacted the “Good Neighbor Policy” in 1933 to improve relations with Latin American countries.

Are there any Cinco De Mayo traditions?
One U.S. city celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a Chihuahua race. Can you guess which city? It’s Chandler, Arizona. Even Vancouver celebrates, marking the day with a “skydiving boogie” that consists of aerial acrobatics and an air show.

How much Tequila is consumed on Cinco De Mayo?
According to the Daily Meal, the United States consumes twice as much Tequila as Mexico, where the spirit originated.

Tips & Advice

Parking Suggestions:
• Riverfront – acres of free parking. That is where the Loop buses meet to begin their routes.
• Downtown – 8th & Orange surface lot is free on weekends. Shananigans has a parking lot directly across the street (2nd & Market).
• Trolley Square – parking is very challenging as the area is surrounded by residential. DO NOT park in the Trolley Square Shopping Center nor plan on parking in the Acme parking lot. Several Trolley nightspots (Kid Shelleen’s, Grotto Pizza) have their own parking but it is limited…so get there early.
• Union Street area – street parking is your best option. Do not plan on parking in any of the establishments lots…most are very limited.
• Easiest options: Riverfront lot then walk to either Timothy’s or Firestone and catch the bus.
• Downtown: 8th & Orange lot.

For Halloween Loop
Last Call Lots:
Riverfront Commuter Lot (Justison St., across from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant) and Wilm. Parking Authority Surface Lot (Downtown, 8th& Orange streets). These lots will offer free parking and the ability for you to leave your vehicle overnight and pick up the next day bynoon. This is a complimentary service and you will not receive a parking ticket or be towed. DO NOT DRINK & DRIVE!

Keys to a Successful Loop:
• Start early (for the Halloween Loop, most venues have a waiting line by 10 p.m.).
• Wear a comfortable costume. Make sure you can see where you are walking and use the rest room with ease. Also, make sure the costume doesn’t cause you to become overheated (venues get very crowded on the Loop).
• Designate a sober driver or plan to stay in the city for the evening at a friend’s place or one of the city’s five hotels.
• Don’t drink and drive! Call the Delaware Designated Driver Program at 302/999-9079 if you are with anyone who plans to drive and is not sober.
• Plan your Loop course so that your last stop is near your home or your car. It’s difficult to catch a bus across town after 1 a.m.
• Tip the bus drivers. It’s a difficult evening for them and they appreciate the extra contributions.
CHECKPOINT STRIKEFORCES ARE OUT ON LOOP NIGHTS. Stay with a friend, book a hotel room, ask the bar to call a cab for you but DO NOT DRINK & DRIVE!