Philadelphia cancels its Cinco de Mayo carnival because organizers don’t want it to be a target for ICE


In better times, we could be discussing what Cinco de Mayo tells us about ethnic identity, debating its historical relevance to the Mexican diaspora, or even arguing that it has become an overly commercialized excuse for white people to get drunk and look silly in oversized sombreros.


But things are different this year with taco-bowl-eating Donald Trump in the White House. Instead, we’re talking about Philadelphia, the first major U.S. city to cancel its featured Cinco de Mayo festival, El Carnaval de Puebla. A colorful, vibrant, and jovial family affair, the carnival has been held every year for the past decade to celebrate Mexico’s victory in an 1862 battle against the French.

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