Southwest Detroit Cinco de Mayo Parade bigger and better than ever

By Wendell Bryant/Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT - This year’s Southwest Detroit Cinco de Mayo Parade takes place along Vernor Highway on Sunday, May 7 to commemorate its 53rd annual celebration. This is the biggest event of the year in Mexicantown with floats, folks dancers and Latino culture that spans just over three miles.

The parade is a highlight for the Mexican community and along the way there’s plenty more Mexican tradition and food to be had. The holiday celebrates the Mexican Army's defeat of the French during the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Detroit's police chief, during an April discussion with a largely Hispanic crowd about immigration, said he's heard concerns about the targeting of residents living illegally in the U.S. during Detroit's annual Cinco de Mayo Parade.

Chief James Craig said he received "strong assurance" from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials "that there would be no sweeps, no enforcement action, at Cinco de Mayo."

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Khaalid Walls confirmed that no sweeps are planned, but hasn't ruled out the possibility that known individuals could be targeted for immigration violations.

"We did meet with the chief and stated we never do 'raids' or 'sweeps' but always targeted (identified individuals) enforcement actions," Walls said. "It is accurate we therefore do not have any such or similar actions planned for the Cinco De Mayo parade in Detroit."

Parade goers can also join the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta event from 2:30pm-6:00pm in Clark Park directly after the parade.

As many of you may know, there are thousands of people that come out to watch or participate in the parade and this is a great opportunity to recruit in the community for your programs and events, and also help residents have a fun time after the parade.











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