San Jose draws large crowds in the Cinco de Mayo. Many say that vaccinations make them more comfortable
SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) – San Jose is known for drawing large crowds for the Cinco de Mayo celebrations. On Wednesday, many were determined to celebrate with people after more than a year under a pandemic.
On Wednesday evening there was a large police presence in parts of the city. ABC7 News received reports of shows and illegal fireworks.
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This evening activity was very different from just hours before – a brisk crowd for Cinco de Mayo in East San Jose.
“It’s lit up here,” said Ethan Calvario. “It’s like no other city.”
ABC7 News hit Calvario in a crowded plaza near King and Story Roads on Wednesday afternoon. With Rachel Calvario and Alejandro Jimenez, he explained that the place is a common hotspot for celebrations.
There were plenty filtered through the parking lot in the early evening – people dancing and making sure their Mexican pride was shown to its fullest.
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Visitors said the celebration reflected why the city is known for its celebrations.
“San Jose was born and raised on Mexicans in the farms and orchards and all of those things,” said Richard Salazar, JR. “And they are still here and thriving. So this is where I want to show our pride.”
For the sellers, the vacation also meant extra help with money they didn’t earn due to the pandemic.
“Now that the pandemic is over, it was nice, it was good,” one provider told ABC7 News.
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In the sea of sales, Santa Clara County Public Health also tried reaching community members with a pop-up vaccination center.
“I got my shot, so I’m good to go,” said one visitor.
Last year ABC7 News was there when the visitors arrived. Our cameras caught the San Jose police clearing the square. Remember that the 2020 celebration was held as part of the state’s order to stay home.
On Wednesday, after more than a year under the pandemic, people said they were ready to let go. Many admitted they were prepared for a long night.
“Yes, they go to other places. And when they open, they return,” said the salesman Miguel Lozano. “It’ll be around 11 am – 12 noon come back to Story and King Roads … everyone.”
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