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Confusion behind Hispanic celebration

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There was confusion at Port Arthur ISD after parents were expecting a Cinco De Mayo parade at Dequeen Elementary. 

The parade never went on and mothers say their children were turned away at the door of the school when they went dressed up for the parade. 

"They said no, you can't have your children dressed up like that," Christina Ruiz said. 

Ruiz says she has been participating in parades at Dequeen for more than 20 years, and says it was a annual event. 

But Port Arthur ISD says there was no parade scheduled this year. And if there was, it would have been planned at least a month ahead. 

Ruiz says the thing that bothered her the most was the response she says she received from the attendance clerk about Cinco De Mayo. 

"When there was discussion about why weren't we having this, why was it canceled? It was a waste of time was what she said about the parade," Ruiz said. 

Port Arthur ISD says if the clerk did say those words, they do not reflect on the opinion of the school district towards the holiday. 

The district added that Dequeen did participate in festivities today with Cinco De Mayo themed activities like school wide bingo and reading sessions. 

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