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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

What Happened to Downtown Santa Ana’s Cinco de Mayo Festival?

For the first time in two decades, SanTana won’t be hosting a Cinco de Mayo festival in downtown this weekend. The annual tradition drew over 100,000 to Calle Cuatro for two days of music, food, carnival rides and fun! SanTana’s Cinco de Mayo Festival celebrated the Mexican holiday while people elsewhere in the Orange County marked the occasion with sombreros, fake bigotes and even inflatable border walls to be scaled for free drink “green cards.” Its absence this year has revelers wondering what happened. And anti-gentrification activists are ready to pounce in protest seeing the festival’s disappearance as just another Mexi clear out of Calle Cuatro.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post:

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