An Unfortunate Sign of the Times

Philadelphia’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebration is a late April or early May parade and celebration called El Carnaval de Puebla.  As many as 15,000 people attend every year.

But not this year.  Parade organizers, fearing raids or harassment by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, decided to play it safe and cancel the event rather than risk harm to the revelers, including many people who travel to Philadelphia to join the festivities.  They are afraid of their own government.

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