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Philadelphia canceled its Cinco de Mayo festival amid fears of an ICE raidby Circa News
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Philadelphia canceled its major Cinco de Mayo celebration in response to recent federal immigration crackdowns, organizers said.

Organizer Edgar Ramirez told NBC 10 that as many as 15,000 people take part in the El Carnaval de Puebla parade through South Philadelphia each year. 

Ramirez added that this year's decision to cancel was "sad but responsible" one in light of the recent immigration raids across the country. 

"Everyone is offended by the actions of ICE. They did not feel comfortable holding the event."

Edgar Ramirez

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Tuesday that it detained or arrested 248 undocumented immigrants in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware in just the last two weeks. 

Ramirez told NBC 10 the Mexican-American community is "disheartened by reports of large-scale arrests."

Carnaval de Puebla commemorates the Mexican Army's victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. 

Ramirez and other organizers said they are hopeful the celebration will return to the streets of Philadelphia next year. 

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