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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic For the Second Time, The Cinco de Mayo Parade Will be Virtual

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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic For the Second Time, The Cinco de Mayo Parade Will be Virtual

Mexican Patriotic Committee of Metro Detroit, the COVID313 Coalition for Families and Students and Detroit Public Television Hosts 2nd Virtual Southwest Detroit Cinco de Mayo Celebration, May 2 and May 5
The Mexican Patriotic Committee of Metro Detroit, the COVID313 Coalition for Families and Students and Detroit Public Television to host the 2nd Virtual Southwest Detroit Cinco de Mayo Celebration at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 2.
This weekend would have been the 57th year that the Mexican Patriotic Committee would have hosted its parade on West Vernor through Southwest Detroit. It would have included hundreds of floats, marching bands, Mariachis, Charros (traditional horsemen), and vehicles draped in festive Mexican cultural items. In its place will be a virtual Cinco de Mayo event. This virtual event is not only a celebration, but also as an awareness of the seriousness of this pandemic and on the health and economic impact it has had on Southwest Detroit residents and businesses.
The event is being streamed through Detroit Public Television’s Facebook page on Sunday, May 2 at 4 p.m. and again on Wednesday, May 5 at 6 p.m. More than 30 local nonprofit organizations, civic/community groups, and businesses have come together to host this year’s event, featuring traditional Mexican folkloric dancers and entertainers, videos of previous Cinco de Mayo parades, Mexican tourism videos, a message from the Consul General from the Mexican Consulate in Detroit, and messages from Southwest Detroit businesses and individuals.
The 2021 Virtual Cinco de Mayo Celebration will include: COVID313 Coalition, a number of Southwest businesses, entertainers, Mexico tourism videos, a message from Mexican Consul Fernando Gonzalez Saiffe, and a DTE Energy video from their employee affinity group on “Coming together to support unaccompanied children.”
Visit local restaurants, stores, shops and mercados while wearing your mask and social distancing to experience Mexican food and culture all week long. Tell them you saw them on Detroit Public Televisions’ Facebook page.
WHEN: Sunday, May 2 at 4 p.m. and again on Wednesday, May 5 at 6 p.m. Streamed on Detroit Public Television’s Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/detroitpublictv

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