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People's Joy Parade on Cherokee Street

Multiculturalism sets Cherokee Street apart from the rest of the city: Black families have lived in the neighborhood for decades, and artists, musicians and bohemians moved in more recently for the cheap rent and laid-back community vibe found in the area's Hispanic hub. All of these factions came out in force for Cinco de Mayo, creating a sight to behold. There were traditional Mexican dancers in colorful dresses, followed by a trio of dudes sporting papier-mâché monster heads and rocking out on a synthesizer, a keyboard and a stripped-down drum kit. There was an all-black drum line and dance team from Roosevelt High School. There were even two rival scooter gangs — one on mopeds, the other on motorcycles and Vespas — both decked out in ponchos and sombreros and bent on raising hell. It was, in a word, eclectic — just like Cherokee itself.

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