Cinco De Mayo Parades Amidst Swine Flu Scare
Cinco de Mayo stands for the “fifth of May” in Spanish and commemorates the unlikely victory of the Mexican army in the Battle of Puebla with the better-equipped French army. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Mexico and the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture. Despite the fact that Cinco de Mayo actually falls on May 5, many Cinco de Mayo parades took place this Sunday.
However, this year’s festivities will be marred by swine flu fears running rampant in both Mexico and the United States. Despite concerns that some parades would be canceled, some people still plan to venture on the streets of Mexican and American cities to celebrate.
Organizers for Sunday's parade met with the NYPD on Thursday as worries over swine flu spread. They were assured the open-air event was safe.
The dance troupes and bands were eager and unafraid, he said.
"They were really enthusiastic, so we kept with the idea," Palma said.
Thousands jammed West Vernor in Southwest Detroit for the community's annual Cinco de Mayo parade on Sunday. Side streets were filled with people waving Mexican flags while other celebrants cruised in pickups
The event — a parade and festival dear to the South Bay's Mexican-Americans — usually lures tens of thousands of revelers downtown. But while the community's pride and tradition remained on full display at this year's parade, the 27th, the number who showed up to watch the lineup of dancers, musicians and classic cars fell dramatically.
"I was very shocked to see so few people here," said Maria Carrasco, 26, of San Jose, as a marching band stomped past Plaza de Cesar Chavez at the end of the parade route.
Apprently, Canadians have found a unique way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
The Canadians celebrate Cinco de Mayo in a very small, but extremely unique way. The Abbotsford Skydive Centre in Vancouver hosts an annual Cinco de Mayo skydiving "boogie," complete with an air show, live music and food, as well as tandem skydiving lessons.