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Mariachi 5K run postponed after receiving criticism

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POSTED August 22, 2014 7:59 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California mariachi-themed fun run scheduled for this weekend has been postponed indefinitely after facing backlash from those who say it makes a mockery of mariachi.

Organizers of the Mariachi 5K said Friday that they had received resistance from the Boyle Heights area and were unable to hold the race.

Promoter Carlos Gaspar told the Los Angeles Times that the pushback had more to do with politics than his theme. He says only people with power can hold events in the city.

The race was scheduled to begin and end at the historic Mariachi Plaza and organizers hoped to bring attention and business to the city.

Most of the criticism of the race has been from the mariachi musicians who perform at the plaza.

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