PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebration has been cancelled this year amid immigration concerns and threats.
This would be 10th year for El Carnaval de Puebla, where thousands gather along Washington Avenue in South Philly, dressed in bright-colored costumes and masks to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.READ MORE: 2 EF-1 Tornadoes Touched Down In Ocean County, New Jersey, National Weather Service Confirms
“We are trying to show our children the tradition from our country,” said David Pina, one of the event’s organizers.
Pina says they cancelled this year’s party because they’ve gotten threats about federal agents targeting the event.Several Roads Still Closed In Bucks County Due Tornado Damage
“They say, ‘we are going to call the immigration guys, so they can come over and catch more people,'” he said.
2010’s Census shows that 13 percent of Philadelphia’s population is Hispanic.
“We are not a bad people. We are a good people,” said Pina. “We work. We pay taxes. We help the economy and we help the country.”MORE NEWS: Residents Begin To Clean Up, Assess Damage After Two Tornadoes Touch Down In Bucks County Leaving Path Of Destruction
Pina says they hope to try again next year.