San Jose Cinco De Mayo Festival Canceled
SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) –San Jose’s annual Cinco de Mayo parade and festival is dead.
The American GI Forum, a Hispanic veterans group, says it can no longer afford the May 5 celebration of Mexican-American pride that has had a nearly three-decade run in the city.
KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:
GI Forum vice commander Antonio Chavez said that the economy and city demands for costly police protection and other services has made the event a money loser.
The GI Forum has tangled with the city over costs since 1997 violence and vandalism after a Cinco de Mayo festival attended by nearly 400,000 people.
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