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The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - One of Philadelphia’s most prominent celebrations of Latin American culture has been canceled this year amid concerns over the recent immigration crackdown by federal authorities.

Organizer Edgar Ramirez tells WCAU-TV that the decision to scrap this year’s El Carnaval de Puebla was “sad but responsible” given the “severe conditions affecting the immigrant community.”

The annual parade has taken place in south Philadelphia in late April or early May for the past decade. It’s the city’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebration with as many as 15,000 attendees each year.

Ramirez says he and his fellow organizers unanimously decided to cancel the parade over fear of federal immigration officers targeting the event.

The group is set to meet in the near future to discuss how to move forward with Carnaval.