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.

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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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Comments (10)
  1. Clarence says:

    Can we get some rich computeer company, such as HP, or another technology company to foot the necessary billl ….. it would be such a cultuural shaaame to have such an event like this cancelled !!! Is anyone from these technology companies reading this ….. or can the San Jose ciity staff approach some of these technology compaanies, please???

  2. Rox says:

    i jusst hope ALL CELEBRATIONS are concelled than….

  3. G. says:

    Time to pay for all the free stuff we have bleeding heart giving away. Hold on for the ride.
    My culture is American, all we need is the 4th of July! God Bless the state of our economy!

  4. MeXican says:

    4th of July? All that represents is the independence of the 13 colonies, not California. In fact, Mexico was the one that freed California and all of the southwestern states, including present Mexican states from the Spanish Empire. Mexicans died to free California, not Americans. Anyway, Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexican independence day.

  5. G. says:

    MeXican, you should of spent more time in school and less time steeling cars. You missed the point completely! Mexico is a stew pit and people spend more time tring to get out that get in, by far. The fact that the United States is here today allows you to make crummy comments. Without the 4th of July you would be living in the run down county we call MeXico.

    VIVA LA 4TH.

  6. Educated says:

    G? How ignorant can you be? Get educated on World History. Did you climb from under a rock or born this way. Really? Making comments without education is pointless.

  7. Hopeful says:

    I agree with Clarence–this event is important, not only to those of Mexican descent, but culturally to the Bay Area as a whole. I’m Asian, and love these cultural events, where we get to celebrate different cultures and the melting pot that is America. Please folks, put your ignorance aside.

    Corporate sponsors–where are you?

  8. Paul Gutierrez says:

    ………besides…Stinko de Mayo is just another drinking occasion, like St. Patrick’s Day, to me.

  9. Common Sense says:

    If it wasnt for the trash that ruins it for the rest of us, San Jose would’t be in this predicament with exuberating cost for security! Same thing as in San Francisco for Halloween in the Castro, shut down due to the dumb fu@ks that show up and start the vilolence and vandalism. If people knew how to act in public there would be a celebration.

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